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Ashraf Sehrai replaces Geelani as interim chairman of TeH

‘Announcement made after Geelani willfully step-down from chairmanship’


Srinagar, Mar 19 (KNS): In a unanimous decision taken in an extraordinary meeting of its highest decision making body, (Majlis-e-Shoora) of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat appointed Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie as interim Chairman, till the organizational elections, to be held late this year.
In a statement issued to KNS, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman said that Geelani while addressing the members of Shoora, said that “you are aware of the prevailing situation of the valley and hard times all pro-freedom camp is facing especially Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Gagging the political environment jailing the entire man force of the organization and judicial onslaught of our workers have left us with no other option than fight back with more will and vigor.”
He said that neither the mission of TeH is alien nor is the path chosen to achieve it unique. “Everywhere and anywhere suppressed and oppressed nations struggle and strive to get rid of forceful occupation. We all have chosen this rough and torturous path willfully and wishfully and every testing endures make our resolve hard and strong,” he said.
He further said that “by the grace of Allah Almighty and your timely cooperation, I have stood my stand despite testing times of Jails, Interrogations, domestic hardships, physical and psychological onslaught, but for the last 8 years of continuous house arrest, restrictions on the interactions with my party colleagues has dented the function of the organization.”
He further said that merely holding a position without practical contribution is injustice not only with the post, but the conscience as well, so today “I willfully step-down from the chairmanship and advice the Shoora to arrange an alternative at the earliest.”
He extended his fullest cooperation and sincere wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization.
Before conclusion, Shoora unanimously appointed Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie as interim chairman till the party elections to be held later in the year. (KNS)