A day after Rajnath warned, Pak flags waved in J&K

Rajat Kain

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Barely a days after the Union Home Minister has said that “no pro-Pakistan activities” will be tolerated on the Indian soil, separatist leader waved Pakistan flags in a rally in southern Kashmir on Friday.

The rally, held at Anantnag, 52 kilometres from Srinagar, was organised by the hardliner separatist leader Shabir Shah. At the rally, several Pakistani flags were waved soon after the afternoon prayers. According to those attending the rally, Pakistan flags were waved even on the vehicle from where Shabir Shah addressed the crowd.

However, the hardliner was taken into the custody soon after the rally as he started to return home in the valley. The local police have detained two of his close aides – Mohammad Abdullah Tari and Molvi Bashir Ahmad.

Just on Thursday, while addressing a gathering in Jodhpur, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had warned that no pro-Pakistan activities would be not be tolerated in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We can tolerate everything, but not pro-Pakistan slogans and hoisting of Pakistani flags on Indian territory. Such persons have their place in jails,” he said.

While he appreciated the ruling coalition partner PDP on “working well in a desired direction”, the Home Minister was launched the soft attack on Pakistan saying, “the more we try to bring bilateral relations to normal, the more Pakistan tries to disrupt them by unabashed disregard of the ceasefire”.

This is fourth such incident in Kashmir when the Pakistan flags were waved.

It all began on 15th April when the green flags appeared at a rally held to welcome the chairman of separatist Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani upon his release from the house arrest. Geelani was accompanied by another volatile separatist hardliner Masarat Alam Bhat. He too was addressing the rally after been released from a state prison, where he was lodged since October 2010. However, Masarat Alam was again detained and subsequently arrested in this regard.

The flags appeared again on another rally addressed by SAS Geelani at Tral and then at a popular local mosque this month.

The co-ruling BJP has once again said that Pakistani flags would not be tolerated and action as per law should be taken against those waving the flags.

“These separatist leaders should stop misleading the people and if they feel they have the support of the masses, they should participate in the elections,” BJP’s state spokesperson Khalid Jehangir said.