Srinagar: In what could cause an upset in the pro-freedom camp, senior leader Shabir Ahmad Shah has submitted his resignation from the post of General Secretary of Hurriyat (G). The development was confirmed by Shah himself to Kashmir Reader on Monday.
Shah said he resigned because he was not able to perform his duties as General Secretary. “I submitted my resignation and also informed Chairman Syed Ali Geelani about these concerns,” he said.
The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) leader further said that the general secretary post is one of the most important roles in the party and he is not able to do justice with it. “I have been kept under detention for more than three years now, which is why there is no point in holding the charge,” he said.
Shah said the post should be held by someone who is able to perform the duties required of the post, including managing the day-to-day party affairs.
Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar, though, denied that Shah had submitted his resignation.
“We have not received any resignation and it is not true,” Akbar told Reader.
Hurriyat (G) comprises 24 pro-freedom parties. Shah said his party, DFP, will continue to remain its part.
Shah said he will support whatever decision the party chairman will take on who the next general secretary of Hurriyat (G) will be.
The DFP leader, adopted as ‘prisoner of conscience’ by Amnesty International, has served more than 25 years’ imprisonment. After forming a third faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Shah joined the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat (G) in a move that was at the time termed as one of the most significant in pro-freedom politics.
He was appointed as General Secretary and pro-freedom leaders Nayeem Khan and Masarat Alam were appointed as his deputies in 2015.
Sources in Hurriyat (G) told Kashmir Reader that Shah is keen to be part of what is known as the ‘united resistance leadership’, a unity forged by pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik last year.