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Successor will be med after my death: Geelani

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Srigar, May 2: Ailing Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said the Hurriyat Conference will me a successor only after he dies. Refuting rumours that he was likely to me his successor, Geelani told the media here: “The issue of ming my successor will be decided by the office bearers of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat only after my death.”

There was intense speculation on Sunday that Geelani would be ming Ashraf Sehrai, the deputy chairman of the hardline Hurriyat Conference, as his successor. Geelani, 86, has been a key figure in the Hurriyat Conference since 1990, when the separatist campaign erupted in Jammu and Kashmir. He has headed his faction of the Hurriyat since 2003. A three-time former legislator, Geelani was diagnosed with rel cancer in 2006 when he was in jail. In March this year, he suffered a mild heart attack in New Delhi. Geelani has been mostly under house arrest in Srigar since 2008. He is widely seen as a key player in the separatist movement and advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. (IANS)

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