Sameer Showkin Lone
Srinagar| Dec 12: Days after senior Hurriyat leader Javaid Mir quit Hurriyat Conference (M) citing “ideological differences”, another pro-Kashmir leader Sarjan Barkati popularly known as “Azadi Chacha” parted ways with Jammu Kashmir Ummat-i-Islami led by Qazi Yasir.
Barkati, considered to be a staunch supporter of Yasir’s father Dr Qazi Nisar- the founder member of MUF, has snapped ties with Yasir after over two decades because of some “ideological differences and personal reasons”.
Barkati, who is currently, lodged in Srinagar central jail, confirmed that he has parted ways with Ummat-i-Islami because of some differences.
“Yes, I have quit…and the reason is meri zaat (my personality),” sources close to him said.
Barkati was the face of anti-government rallies in south Kashmir. He earned sobriquets like “Azaadi Chacha” and “Pied Piper”, for his unique sloganeering and speeches during the rallies.
He was arrested in an operation by the police later last year and was immediately booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).
He rose to prominence during the 2016 uprising that was triggered after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Since then he has earned a formidable following in several inner pockets of rural south Kashmir.
Courtesy: Rising Kashmir