From MBA student to militant: Who was Junaid Sehrai?

Proir to joining militancy, Junaid had completed MBA from Kashmir University. “He was good in studies and I had never expected that he will become a militant one day and will be killed. Though everybody knew that his father was a leading separatist of Kashmir...

 

Junaid Sehrai, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Nawakadal area of old city Srinagar on Tuesday, was the son of Ashraf Sehrai, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief and successor of hardliner Syed Ali Geelani

Just days after Sehrai senior replaced Geelani as the new chief of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in March 2018, picture of his youngest son Junaid posing with an assault rifle went viral on social media. For the last few years, this has been a signature style …

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Junaid’s taking up arms was the first case of a son of a top-notch separatist leader turning to a terrorist in three-decade-old militancy in Kashmir. Originally hailing from north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district, the Sehrai family migrated to Sri…

Proir to joining militancy, Junaid had completed MBA from Kashmir University. “He was good in studies and I had never expected that he will become a militant one day and will be killed. Though everybody knew that his father was a leading separatist of Kashmir…

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Immediately after his election as the new chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in March 2018, Sehrai had lashed out at those supporting Islamic State (ISIS) ideology, saying it had nothing to do with Kashmir. “Some elements are creating confusion among m…

A senior police officer told DH that Junaid’s joining militancy became a weapon in the hands of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and separatist leadership to counter the narrative that militants in Kashmir were fighting for Caliphate and imposition of Sharia …

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When Sehrai senior took over as the new chairman of the Hurriyat, Zakir Musa’s ideology of Caliphate was getting popular among radicalised youth in Kashmir. In May 2017, Musa had even threatened to chop off heads of those separatist leaders who clai…

(Deccan Herald )

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