Geelani Elected Chairman Of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat
12 October 2004
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Firebrand separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Tuesday unanimously elected Chairman of the newly-floated Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir outfit for a three-year-term. Geelani, the Chairman of the hardline Hurriyat faction, was elected to the top post of the separatist outfit floated by him on August 7 through a secret ballot held at the central office of the party at Hyderpora in Srinagar. A 25-member strong majlis-e-shoora (advisory council) to assist and advise the Chairman was also announced, a statement released by the outfit said. While 21 members were elected to the 'shoora,' the Chairman was authorised to nominate four members, it said, adding all the 14 districts of the state were duly represented in the 'shoora,' the highest decision-making body of the outfit. The newly constituted 'shoora' would be meeting later this week to appoint a general secretary at the central level and district presidents and other office-bearers, the statement said.