“Considering the challenges and a greater role of the Hurriyat leadership, a consultative exercise has been conducted with members of the executive council of APHC using different media to avoid arrests and Indian counter strategy,” read a statement emailed to journalists. The APHC Chapter in Muzaffarabad has conveyed the decision to the media. The statement read that the situation in J&K has turned worse with “Indian oppression in full swing, especially against the freedom-loving leadership and people”. Bhat, 50, is a leader of the Muslim League, who has spent almost 25 years in jail and is considered as a straight talker following a strict political and religious belief system. He minces no words to criticise even colleagues in his own camp, which may hinder his growth, if he is released from jail. In the past decade, he has served around 40 preventive detention orders and has been named in scores of different crimes, including involving in anti-national activities like staging protests and waging war against the state, but nothing has been proved in court as of now. Bhat has studied from prominent missionary school Tyandle Biscoe and graduated from Sri Pratap College, both in the heart of Srinagar city. In 1990, as a member of militant organisation Hizbullah, 19-year-old Bhat went to jail for the first time, only to be released over a year later in November 1991. After spending some years in jail, Bhat, a pro-Pakistan leader, became active in the Hurriyat Conference in the late 1990s.
Source: Economic Times