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Sehrai’s ISIS views go viral, trigger bitter online debate..

The new Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai’s interview to Greater Kashmir went viral on social media and his views on ISIS triggered a contentious debate with users commenting both in favor and against his position.
The interview racked up more around 4000 shares on the GK website alone.
“Salutes to Sehrai Sahab for making a strong statement against extremism, goondaism and hooliganism. Kashmir’s struggle is just and indigenous which has no global agenda or ambition. Bravo!” journalist Gowhar Geelani wrote on Facebook.
Gowhar’s views were strongly contested by another user: “So how r those who call Kashmir an Islamic cause extremists (sic)”.
Yet another user Mohammad Waseem questioned whether those who sacrifice their lives “give it for indigenous cause and not for Islam”.
The journalist Ishfaq Tantry alluded to the statement made by grand Mufti of Al-Azhar University Dr Shawki Ibrahim that only courts could declare a person infidel and only the state could declare jihad.
Tantray also quoted from Dr Ibrahim’s address to a roundtable conference titled ‘Paigham-i-Pakistan and terrorism’ in which he said that groups like Daesh (the militant Islamic State) had “strayed away from the message of Islam” and were “targeting Muslim youths through social media.”
In yet another comment thread, a user dismissed Sehrai’s position as “his personal point of view with no spiritual or moral value.
“India has nothing to do with Zakir or IS,” the user wrote. “The only issue here is, these organisations condemn nationalism. And pro-pakistan people/parties have to criticize them. To get the majority in the valley they indulge in linking them with India (sic)”.

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