Junaid Sehrai appears in virtual world with a Gun

Junaid Sehrai appears in virtual world with a Gun

A day after the son of the new chief of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat went missing, photos of the missing man has surfaced on social media saying that he has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Sehrai was on March 19 appointed chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Jammu and Kashmir, replacing Syed Ali Shah Geelani who held the post for 15 years. Earlier this week, Sehrai was elected as the chief of Geelani's party after Geelani chose to step down. Junaid's picture wielding an AK-47 rifle went viral on social networking sites on Saturday. He added that the police is still trying to ascertain the facts.

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.

Sources close to the Sehrai family said Junaid left for Friday prayers at a mosque near his house in Baghat locality and never returned. "We have received a complaint about the missing Junaid Khan, who is the son of Mr. Sehrai", said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray. The family waited for his return but when he did not reach home, they approached the police.

Sehrai's interview was released days before Junaid joined the Hizbul militant group. Geelani's sons and daughters as well as Syed Salahuddin's sons and daughters have joined the mainstream and are working in various government departments.

Director General of Police S P Vaid has termed Junaid's joining militancy as unfortunate.

Faiz also apprised them about the continuous detention of Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, who is under detention for more than 28 years and other Kashmiri leaders.