Ashraf Sehrai blocks Geelani’s son entry into Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

Srinagar: All parties Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Syed Ali Geelani’s attempt to keep the separatist leadership within his family has suffered a setback as his eldest son’s Dr Naeem Zaffar, attempt to seek the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) membership has been blocked by Ashraf Sehrai, the secretary General of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir reported by daily news paper The Tribune. According to details Dr Naeem Zaffar, Geelani’s eldest son, who is emerging as the successor to his father, had applied for the membership of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat but Ashraf Sehrai rejected the application of Dr Naeem Zaffar saying, “For becoming a member of the TeH, a person needs to be a “pious Muslim, pro-freedom activist and most importantly he has to follow a procedure which includes the approval of the Tehsil president of the TeH followed by the approval of its district president, secretary general and then finally by Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, “There was no report from the tehsil and district presidents.

Zaffar had sent the membership form through Shah Wali, at present the in charge Baramulla president of the party, in place of Amir Hamza, who was detained under the Public Safety Act in February this year. Sources close to Sehrai say that he has become increasingly skeptical of the functioning of the separatist group in which members of Geelani’s family are having a greater role. Sehrai, the sources said, had been largely isolated from the party’s decision-making, which was being heavily influenced by Geelani’s family.

Dr Naeem Zaffar, a doctor by profession, returned from Pakistan in 2010. Hurriyat insiders say he has been aiming to replace his father as the chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G). In 2014, a controversy had erupted after reports surfaced that Geelani had named Zaffar as his heir. A senior party leader had then said that Geelani’s son could not become the successor as he had not been a member of any constituent group of the Hurriyat Conference (G). Zaffar’s attempt to seek TeH membership is seen as an attempt to clear his path for becoming the chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G).

Zaffar confirmed that he had applied for the membership, adding that it was pending before the TeH. Geelani was re-elected as the chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (G) for the fourth consecutive three-year term on October 26, 2013. He is also the chairman of the TeH and represents it in the Hurriyat Conference (G).

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