Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai expresses grief & sorrow over the death of Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai

WASHINGTON, May 05, : Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness Forum Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai has expressed grief and sorrow over the death of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu Kashmir Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai.

According to a statement issued by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai passed away on Wednesday under police custody in Jammu hospital. He was 80. He was Kashmir’s one of the most courageous and fearless leaders. Very knowledgeable and talented personality. A man with a mission, he never placed personal considerations above the lofty aspirations of the Kashmiri people. And now he belongs to the ages. That characterization celebrates the death of a giant in Kashmir’s turbulent history.

“Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, as he was commonly known, was a thinker, scholar and a gemstone of intellect and logic. I knew him for five decades” Dr. Fai said.

He said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was arrested under draconian law, Jammu Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) on July 12. 2020 and was shifted to Udhampur Jail in Jammu, 200 miles from his residence. India uses PSA as a tool of repression, suppression and subjugation.  Under this law, a person can be detained for up to two years without trial. Therefore, Amnesty International calls PSA as, “Lawless Law.”

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai had multiple serious medical illnesses, including partial hearing loss from torture. Lately he had developed symptoms of poor eye sight. His family remembers had urged the prison authority and state government to provide him medical treatment, which was denied. His health condition deteriorated day by day and was shifted to Jammu hospital on May 4, 2021 where he breathed his last. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

He said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was in jail not because he was guilty of a crime but because he advocated and propagated the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, which was, pledged to them under United Nations Security Council resolutions as early as in 1948.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was a great writer, orator and scholar. He lectured about the Kashmir dispute, almost in every nook and corner of the State. He always pleaded that people’s wishes and sentiments must be respected and Kashmir dispute has to be resolved under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

He said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was always a truth teller and never kept his people in dark.  He told them that we have a long road ahead of us which needs big and conscious sacrifices. And people of Kashmir know it well that his family has proved to be a symbol of sacrifice and dedication. He said that the nation of Jammu and Kashmir will miss him greatly and deeply but we are glad that he never let the people of Jammu and Kashmir down!.

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