- Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, resigned as Chairman of Hurriyat Conference
- 90-year-old Geelani wrote that there have been certain issues that forced him to quit.
On Monday, Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who was chosen as lifetime chairman of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, resigned as Chairman of Hurriyat Conference. In an open letter, 90-year-old Geelani wrote that there have been certain issues that forced him to quit.
Geelani further said, he has decided to distance himself from Hurriyat conference in the wake of the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani wrote in a letter “I sent messages to you through various means so the next course of action could be decided but all my efforts were in vain. Now, that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for the financial and other irregularities, you thought of calling the advisory committee meeting” Earlier, the rumors come up that Geelani had passed away however, his son refused the reports and inform Geelani is fine. As remember, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has mostly been in house arrest since 2010, when anger and violence over police firing on protesters consumed Kashmir.
Geelani had led the separatist movement in Kashmir since the 1990s and was a lifelong chairman of the Hurriyat. He was previously a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir, but later on founded his own party Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in which he continues to remain a member.