Newly-appointed Hurriyat chief Ashraf Sehrai's son joins Hizbul Mujahideen

26 March, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Kashmir: New Hurriyat chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai's son joins Hizbul; image of him holding AK-47 goes viral

The development comes days after Geelani handed the baton of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat to Sehrai, one of the few men who have worked with Geelani for decades, after the group's executive council choose Sehrai as its chairman.

The picture of Junaid Ashraf Sehrai, 26, wearing a skull cap and carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition pouch went viral on Saturday. "A message posted with the picture said Junaid had joined the Hizb ul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit", police said, adding that police were ascertaining the facts.

Statement said the participants in the meeting condemned the frequent detention of APHC (M) leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza in police station Sheerbagh terming. That makes him the first among the family members of the current top separatist leadership to take up arms. The two have been reported to be friends.

Family sources said Junaid left for Friday prayers near his house in Srinagar's Bhagat locality and has not returned.

The police says that investigation has started and the probe will confirm whether Junaid has joined the militant outfit or not. The accompanying photo caption read "Junaid Ashraf, who has a master's degree in business administration from Kashmir University, has been code-named Amaar Bhai". Junaid has done his MBA from Kashmir University. "We are working on it and a confirmation will be made soon", sources said.

If confirmed, the latest development will cast a shadow on the new chairman of the Hurriyat. After taking over as Hurriyat Chairman, Sehrai had came down heavily on those supporting the Islamic State ideology, saying it has nothing to do with Kashmir and their venomous ideology will never be accepted. "Now with this development, no one can question them", the source said, adding that this development is a most risky move for Kashmir.



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