Sehrai refrains from appealing son to give up arms

Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has refused to ask his son to give up the arms, a day after he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit.

A meeting of the TeH was held on Sunday where Sehrai informed the participants that he willn’t issue any appeal. His son Junaid Sehrai had gone missing on Friday last after which the family reported the matter to Police. On Saturday, however, he had joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen after his photograph in which he was wielding a gun appeared on social media.

On Saturday Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid, had said that it was unfortunate that Sehrai’s son joined militancy. Vaid had appealed that Sehrai should ask his son to shun militancy. “I appeal everyone who has joined militancy that they should return to their homes as violence only creates destruction,” Vaid had said.

The Sunday’s meeting was however not attended by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani. Sources in Hurriyat, who attended the meeting held at party’s Hyderpora headquarters, told Rising Kashmir that it was Sehrai’s personal issue whether he would ask his son Junaid to return back or not.

“But in the meeting it was made clear that Sehrai sahib will not ask his son to come back… even calling back his son won’t amount to bartering of the ideology that Sehrai and his family members hold,” sources privy to the meeting said.
A senior Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, wishing not to be named, said that Sehrai wouldn’t speak to the media on the issue. “He won’t speak anything on this issue at least for the next two days, but has made it clear in the meeting that he won’t appeal his son to come back”.
“It was a general meeting. We hold meetings on Sundays. We meet few members and deliberate on issues. The meeting was not particularly called on this issue that Sehrai’s son has joined militancy. Everyone informed in the meeting that it is Sehrai’s personal and family matter,” he said.
Sehrai recently took over from Syed Ali Geelani as head of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G).