Muslim League chief Masarat Alam Bhat has been named as the new chairperson of All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
Bhat is currently serving a sentence at Tihar jail in a terror funding case filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The decision came days after separatist leader and alliance’s former chairperson Syed Ali Shah Geelani died on September 1 at the age of 92. In 2003, Geelani was elected the lifetime chairperson of the Hurriyat Conference, an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organisations formed in March 1993.
The Hurriyat Conference said in a statement that separatist leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar have been elected the vice chairpersons of the alliance. Shah is also in jail in the same terror funding case.