By HT Correspondent
Six days after the death of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, his close aide Masarat Alam Bhat, who is in jail, has been appointed as the chairman of hard-line All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), according to a press release apparently issued by the party.
The APHC statement, which was mailed to some media outlets and was being circulated on the social media, read that the party had held a meeting in Srinagar during which, the decision was taken. The statement could not be independently verified.It said that a “consultative exercise was conducted with the members of the executive council of the APHC using different mediums to avoid arrests and Indian counter strategy”.
“Masarat Alam Bhat has been elected as the next chairman of APHC. Shabir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, both, elected as vice-chairmen,” the statement read.The statement said Gulzar will continue running the affairs of APHC with “regular guidelines” from the chairman.
The APHC was apparently headless since June 29, 2020 when Geelani, its lifetime chairman, had announced his separation from the amalgam 17 years after he had launched the organisation. He had accused Hurriyat members of inaction after the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.(HT)