Pak flag appears in Srinagar, other areas

Srinagar, May 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Pakistan’s National flag was once again seen hoisted in various places of occupied territory, the other day. Eyewitnesses told mediamen that unknown persons had hoisted Pakistani flag at Hariparbat Kila, Buchpora, Babademb, Gojwara, Rawalpora, Narbal, Sopore and several other places of the Kashmir Valley on Saturday. The appearance of Pakistani flag caught people by surprise. They said that they saw these flags during the early morning hours.

“We came out of the mosque after finishing the morning prayers when we saw Pakistani flags raised on some buildings and towers,” a resident of Gojwara said. People said that Indian police immediately swung into action and pulled down the Pakistani flags. “Police also enquired from the people who had hoisted these flags?” a resident of Narbal said.

The Pakistani flags were raised on the same day when some extremist organizations in Jammu had planned to hoist Indian National flag at historic Lal Chowk’s Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Srinagar. However, their move was foiled by the police who stopped them from marching to Srinagar. A heavy deployment of the police was also made around Ghanta Ghar to foil any attempt of hoisting Indian or Pakistani flags.

The displaying of Pakistani flags has become common in recent weeks in occupied Kashmir. Last month, on April 15, Pakistani flags were displayed at a rally in Srinagar that was organized to welcome the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, on his return from New Delhi. Later, Indian police registered a case against Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Masarrat Aalam and Peer Saifullah.

However, only Masarrat Aalam Butt was arrested and booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act – which allowed the authorities to keep any person in jail for up to two years without trial. Two weeks later, Pakistani flags were again waved at a rally led by Syed Ali Gilani in Tral area of Pulwama. The students of Kashmir University held a protest on Friday in the campus where they raised pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans. Reports said that Pakistani flags also appeared in the varsity campus.

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