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Hurriyat (G) set to assign key roles to ‘some people’

Hurriyat Conference (G) is set to hand over leadership roles to some of its members.
At the meeting of the largest separatist grouping’s executive council, the highest decision-making body, on Wednesday, 17 of the 22 constituent parties voted for a reorganisation.This development took place days after Geelani handed over the charge of his party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, to his close confidante and senior separatist Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, triggering a debate about his political successor.
Ghulam Nabi Sumji, chairman Muslim Conference, a constituent of the Hurriyat, said, “The meeting discussed ways to make the Hurriyat Conference vibrant on political front.”
He said restructuring of the amalgam came up for discussion at the meeting.
“We unanimously asked Geelani sahib to give a thought to this idea and order for the change,” he said, adding that “some people” would be handed over “key roles” at different levels within the amalgam.
“The meeting discussed ways to make the Hurriyat Conference more vibrant and active on social and political fronts and certain important resolutions were adopted and decisions taken in this regard,” a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement today.
Last time Geelani effected changes in the Hurriyat was in September 2015, when three parties led by seasoned separatists Shabir Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Aga Syed Hassan joined the Hurriyat (G) after parting ways with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat.
The change in Tehreek-e-Hurriyat as well as the proposal to restructure the entire Hurriyat amalgam will now bring back the focus on the debate about who will succeed the 88-year old Geelani.
The elevation of 74-year-old Sehrai, described within Hurriyat as “shadow” of Geelani, is interpreted by many as a move in this direction. Seen as more radical than Geelani, Sehrai has been affiliated with the Hurriyat chairman since 1959. But he has maintained a low profile.
Apart from Sehrai, incarcerated Masarat Alam, chairman Muslim League and general secretary of the Hurriyat, is seen as a top contender to replace Geelani. Alam shot to the prominence during 2010 uprising. He was hailed within the Hurriyat for his “skills in organising and mobilising people during the uprising”.
In 2015, when Mufti Muhammad Sayeed took over as the Chief Minister of the state, one of his decisions was to release Alalm. But it created a divide within the PDP-BJP coalition. Even the Government of India took strong note of Alam’s release, which ultimately led to his arrest. Since then he has been in jail.

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