In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was elected as Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir.
The TehreeK-e-Hurriyat held a meeting at its office in Srinagar and elected senior member Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai as the TehreeK-e-Hurriyat chairman, said a party spokesman.
Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai replaced Syed Ali Geelani as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Sehrai’s ascension was taken at a ‘Shoora’ meeting two days back although the announcement was made on Monday.
The decision has ended the strain in the Hurriyat on who will lead the flock after Geelani, whose deteriorating health has been a cause of concern.Sehrai, 72, also from Jama’at-e-Islami like Geelani, is seen as ‘straight forward’ politician.
He is also an avid reader of politics and poetry especially Iqbal, Faiz and Ghalib. He had fought elections against Sheikh Abdullah on JI ticket in Ganderbal. Although he lost, he reportedly said, “we wanted to break the myth that the Sheikh cannot be challenged and he is invincible.”