Picture of new Hurriyat chief's gun-totting son goes viral

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Picture of new Hurriyat chief's gun-totting son goes viral

Junaid's father, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, 72, who replaced Syed Ali Shah Geelani as the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat party chief on Monday, could not be immediately reached for comment.

The picture of Junaid holding an AK-47 is going viral.

The written message on the picture suggests that the Junaid has joined Hizb- ul-Mujahideen militant outfit.

On Saturday, the family had lodged a report with the police after Junaid went missing following Friday prayers.

The photo caption read "Junaid Ashraf, who has a master's degree in business administration from Kashmir University, has been code-named Amaar Bhai", the official said. "We have taken the complaint and are looking into it", Ismail said. However, a top officer in the state's criminal investigations department confirmed to Firstpost that Sehrai filed a missing complaint at Saddar police station, though he didn't divulge details.

Police are closely monitoring the case in the light of a Kashmiri student from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Mannan Wani, disappearing and reportedly ending up with Hizbul Mujahideen in January. "We are working on it and a confirmation will be made soon", sources said. Geelani was the founding chairman of Hurriyat since it was formed in 2004, while Sehrai was the organisation's general secretary. In his first interview on Friday, Mr. Sehrai criticised the IS, Daesh and al-Qaeda, and warned the youth against joining these organisations as they "wrongly interpreting Islam".

Naqshbandi informed the representatives about the plight of these detainees and shifting them in violation to norms and rules to the prisons outside Kashmir in order to punish them, the statement said, adding that prisoners are deprived of proper medical and legal aid.

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