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

Isaac Cain
March 26, 2018

Junaid Ashraf Khan, the 26-year-old son of newly appointed Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Ashraf Sehrai, has reportedly joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit after going missing on Friday.

Statement said the meeting also took a dig at the ruling dispensation for its anti people policies stating that "people of Kashmir have been left at the mercy of forces and those in government for petty interests are inflicting endless miseries and pain on innocent Kashmiris".

Sehrai took over the leadership of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, last week from Syed Ali Geelani. Earlier this week, Sehrai was elected as the chief of Geelani's party after Geelani chose to step down. A photo of Junaid Ashraf Khan, 28, brandishing an AK-47 rifle went viral on social media on Saturday. He added that the police is still trying to ascertain the facts.

According to a complaint filed by Sehrai in Saddar police station in Srinagar, his son, Junaid, has been missing from his residence for the past 24 hours.

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A source close to the family said Junaid has an MBA degree from Kashmir University.

If the development is confirmed, it will be perhaps for the first time in three decade long insurgency that the son of a senior separatist leader, who are often accused by mainstream political parties of pushing "poor man's son" towards the path of violence, will have joined ranks with militant groups. Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief SP Vaid has urged Hurriyat Chairman Sehrai to appeal his son and other local boys to shun guns and return to the families.

A senior police officer said there are rumors of Junaid having joined militancy but he will not confirm them. Even Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's brother-in-law is in the J&K government as its director of hospitality and protocol. The DGP said: "This is very unfortunate".

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