Top hawk Sehrai held, PSA slapped

Arun Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 12

In a blow to Pakistan plans of stoking bother within the Kashmir valley forward of the primary anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5, top-ranking separatist chief and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai was arrested in Srinagar early at the moment and booked underneath the Public Safety Act.

Pakistan had been making an attempt to recreate a help base for avenue protests within the Valley forward of the anniversary of the Centre splitting Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

DGP Dilbag Singh advised The Tribune the arrest was “preventive” and that Sehrai had been booked underneath the PSA. The Act is invoked in opposition to these believed to be concerned in actions prejudicial to peace and public order and people indulging in anti-national actions.

The arrest comes 13 days after Syed Ali Shah Geelani resigned from his personal faction of the Hurriyat Conference, identified for its hardline method, on June 29. Geelani had scotched the area for dialogue and had been accusing the reasonable faction, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, of hobnobbing with Delhi. Within the Hurriyat Conference named after him, Geelani had been searching for to put in son Naeem Geelani as its subsequent chairman, whereas Sehrai’s seniority made him probably the most eligible candidate for the highest place within the separatist amalgam.

After Pakistan pulled the rug from underneath the toes of Geelani, who deliberate to thrust his alternative on the conglomerate, he resigned citing the unhappy state of affairs within the Hurriyat in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, thus blaming Pakistan for the mess by which the separatist politics had landed on each side of J&Okay. Thereafter, Sehrai was seen as a pure alternative because the Hurriyat Conference chairman.

The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat was based by Geelani in September 2003 however in March 2018, he stepped apart as chairman in a transparent signal of variations between the 2 regardless of each coming from the identical faculty of ideology — pro-Pakistan and ultra-Islamic. Pakistan had wagered on Sehrai, however together with his arrest, its plans in the meanwhile have suffered an enormous jolt.

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