A prominent pro-freedom leader in Indian-administered Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has died inside a hospital in southern Jammu city, where he was in detention since last year.

Sehrai was arrested in July 2020 under the Public Safety Act (PSA), detained in Udhampur Jail and hospitalized when chances of his survival were already minimal, his allies said.

In her letter to Indian Prime Minister, Modi, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pointed out that Ashraf Sehrai was deprived of medical care which caused his death in custody.

The former Chief Minister added that Sehrai’s struggle for rights of self-determination and resolution of the Kashmir Issue in line with the UN Resolutions was the only crime he committed against Indian authorities.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was born in 1944 at Tekipora village of Lolab area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

He had his basic education in Kupwara and obtained BA (Honours) in Urdu from Aligarh Muslim University in UP.

He became an affiliate of Syed All Gilani in 1959 and joined Jamat-e-lslami in 1960 at the age of 16 years.

He was incarcerated for the first time in 1965 over anti-government activities and speech.

Sehrai played a key and active role in framing the Constitution of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in 2004 along with Syed Ali Gilani and became the founding member of the party.

He remained General Secretary from 2004 to 2018 and was elected as Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat with 410 votes out of total 443.

His younger son Junaid Sehrai embraced shahadat on 19 May 2020 while fighting for freedom with Indian occupation forces.

Sehrai left behind six (6) children.

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