Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir, Masarat Alam Bhat has been appointed as the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
The announcement is made by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference at meeting in Srinagar, APHC said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference announced Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar would be vice-chairmen while Moulvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani will continue to work as General Secretary of the amalgam, the statement said.
Masarat Alam Bhat, 50, is a Kashmiri leader and chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League.
Before today’s announcement of declaring him as the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Bhat was serving as General Secretary of APHC.
He played a significant role in the 2010 Kashmir uprising which broke out against the Machil encounter carried out by the Indian Army in Kashmir.
Masrat Alam has been detained by the government numerous times later. He was booked in 27 criminal cases but in most of these he has either been exonerated or bailed out by the courts and was released after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took over as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 1 March 2015.
He was detained under the Public Safety Act and was in March 2015 released which caused a major political controversy and dominated Indian Parliament Proceedings.
He has been Jailed for 17 years and has around 27 cases against him.