Incarcerated Masarat Alam appointed as chairman of APHC

According to APHC, the announcement was made during a meeting of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Srinagar on Tuesday.

SRINAGAR — Masarat Alam Bhat has been named as the new chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The declaration was made during a meeting of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Srinagar on Tuesday, according to APHC.

According to a statement released by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar will serve as vice-chairmen, while Moulvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani would continue to serve as the amalgam’s General Secretary.

The decision comes after the death of senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on September 1, 2021.

Geelani was also paid ‘tributes’ by the APHC leaders during the meeting and it was pledged to continue his ‘cause’.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference is a political, social, and religious amalgam that was founded on March 9, 1993, as a united political front to advocate Kashmiri separatism in the Kashmir dispute.

When the alliance was founded in 1993, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar was the first convener of the APHC-PAK chapter.

Pakistan has always viewed the partnership favorably since it opposes the Indian government’s claim to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Who’s Masarat Alam Bhat?

Masarat Alam Bhat, 50, is the head of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League and a Kashmiri leader.

Bhat was the General Secretary of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference before his appointment as chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference was announced today.

He was a key figure in the 2010 Kashmir uprising, which erupted in response to the Indian Army’s Machil fake encounter case of 2010 in Kashmir.

Masrat Alam was apprehended by the government forces several times afterwards and was charged in 27 criminal cases, but the courts exonerated or bailed him out in the most of them.

He was released from prison, where he was held under Public Safety Act (PSA), when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took over as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in the coalition government with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 1, 2015.

However, his release from detention caused a significant political uproar, which also dominated Parliamentary proceedings.

It is pertinent to mention that Alam has been incarcerated for 17 years. He is lodged in Tihar Jail and is presently facing about 27 charges.

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