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Pakistani flags waved at Hurriyat's rally in Indian-held Kashmir

Violent protests in Indian-held Kashmir after rising tension over beef ban AP



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Internet services blocked for two days to prevent Muslims from uploading photos of animal sacrifices. -AP SRINAGAR: Government forces have fired tear gas and used batons to quell thousands of anti-India protesters who turned violent after Eid prayers in various mosques in India-held Kashmir.
Police say the protesters, waving Pakistani flags, hurled stones at government forces who tried to stop them from marching in Srinagar and at least two other places in the region on Friday.
Authorities tightened security and blocked all mobile and landline Internet services for two days as a measure to stop Muslim protesters from uploading pictures of animal sacrifices, especially slaughter of cows which are worshipped by Hindus. Tension has been building in the region after a court upheld a law banning slaughtering cows and selling beef in the region, a decision resented by Muslims.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM, SEP 25, 2015


Indian forces fire at protestors,wound two near Srinagar
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SRINAGAR: Indian security forces on Friday shot at and fired tear gas at anti-India protesters who broke from a funeral procession of a suspected insurgent killed in India-held Kashmir.
Police said at least two people suffered serious bullet wounds in the violence as thousands of protesters waved Pakistani flags and chanted "Down with India" and "We want freedom."
The protesters hurled stones at Indian government forces in at least three places in the village of Kakpora, 35 kilometres south of Srinagar.
Indian forces had killed the suspected insurgent on Thursday, senior police officer Nitesh Kumar said.
Rebel groups have been fighting against Indian forces in Kashmir since 1989, and more than 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the subsequent military crackdown in the volatile valley.
The latest clashes erupted on Thursday as Indian police and paramilitary soldiers cordoned off the village following an intelligence tip-off that some rebels had taken refuge there.
A gun battle between the two sides killed Talib Shah, who is alleged by the Indians to be a local commander of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, said Kumar. Two other suspected insurgents managed to flee.
Anti-India protests resumed on Friday after government handed over Shah's body to his relatives.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani foreign ministry official rejected as "totally baseless" Indian media's reports that an insurgent arrested in Indian-held Kashmir on Wednesday was a Pakistani national. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to reporters.
Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah added on Thursday, "We expect Indian authorities to share necessary information with us."
India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament that the arrested man had told Indian investigators that he was from Faisalabad, in Pakistan.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM, — PUBLISHED AUG 07, 2015


Pakistani flags waved at Hurriyat's rally in Indian-held Kashmir


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About 15 to 20 Pakistani flags were spotted at the rally. -AFP/File
Pakistani flags were waved by supporters of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at a rally that he addressed today in Tral area of Pulwama district of Indian-held Kashmir, after Friday prayers, NDTV has reported.
About 15 to 20 Pakistani flags were spotted at the rally. Mr Geelani, 85, is the chairman of the Hurriyat Conference. He returned recently to the valley after three months in Delhi.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah this evening hit out at the BJP, an ally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Indian-held Kashmir, for maintaining silence. "Imagine what @BJP4India would have said if as CM I'd been sitting in Bombay (Mumbai) surrounded by movie stars while Pak flags are waved in Kashmir," Abdullah wrote on Twitter.


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Imagine what @BJP4India would have said if as CM I'd been sitting in Bombay surrounded by movie stars while Pak flags are waved in Kashmir.
10:03 AM - 1 May 2015


The former chief minister was referring to the waving of Pakistani flags in Tral and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meeting Bollywood stars in Mumbai yesterday for promoting shooting of movies in the Valley. Another Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam was arrested last month after his supporters waved Pakistani flags and raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally in capital Srinagar that he had organised to welcome back Geelani, who is his ideological mentor. Geelani was put under house arrest at that time to prevent him from leading a march to Tral, which was tense after the death of a young man in Army firing. Amid nationwide outrage over Paksitani flags being waved at the Masarat Alam rally, the Centre had ordered the Jammu and Kashmir government, in which the ruling BJP partners the PDP, to take "immediate and stringent" action. After his arrest, union home minister Rajnath Singh had said, "I want to assure the people of this nation that those involved in treason will not be spared." Masarat Alam has been booked under the Public Safety Act, which allows the state to keep him in jail for two years without trial. He had been out of prison for about a month when he was arrested again. The 45-year-old, who spent five years in jail, is accused of organising stone-throwing protests in the Valley in 2010, during which more than 100 people died in police firing. His release in February this year, days after the new government took oath in Kashmir, became a flashpoint in the alliance between the PDP and the BJP, which have struggled to bridge an ideological divide to govern Jammu and Kashmir together. Cuertsey:DAWN.COM,May 1,2015


Kashmiri leader waves Pakistani flag at rally in Srinagar


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Kashmiris shout anti-India and pro-freedom slogans as Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani addresses a rally on his return from New Delhi. AFP
A Kashmiri leader waved a Pakistani flag at a political gathering in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-held Kashmir. According to reports in the Indian media, Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam waved the Pakistani flag on Wednesday to greet Syed Ali Shah Geelani at the rally.
Thousands of Kashmiris attended the rally, in the restive capital of state of Indian-held Kashmir, which was held as a show of strength to welcome Geelani on his return from New Delhi.


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Pakistan flags during procession of Hurriyat Conference in #Kashmir , allegedly led by Masrat Alam
8:30 AM - 15 Apr 2015

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The Times of India reported that Alam also allegedly chanted pro-Pakistani slogans during the rally. Alam was released from prison after four years on March 7 this year. Now, questions are being raised on his release and there are widespread reactions on social media platforms, demanding his rearrest.


Pak flag waved at Srinagar rally after many years


BJP says Musarrat Alam’s action ‘completely unacceptable’; Deputy CM Nirmal Singh says action will be taken at an appropriate time given Kashmir situation; thousands attend rally Punjabics.com

SRINGAR: A Kashmiri leader on Wednesday waved a Pakistani flag at a political gathering here, the summer capital of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). The practice was revived after many years.
According to reports in the Indian media, Hurriyat leader Musarrat Alam waved a Pakistani flag to greet Syed Ali Shah Geelani at the rally, reported the Indian media.Thousands of Kashmiris attended the rally in the restive capital of Indian-held Kashmir, which was held as a show of strength to welcome Geelani on his return from New Delhi.

The Times of India reported that Alam also allegedly chanted pro-Pakistan slogans during the rally.Alam was released from prison after four years on March 7 this year. Questions are now being raised on his release and there are widespread reactions on social media platforms demanding his re-arrest.

The 47-year-old Alam, a likely successor to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, organised the Kashmiri youth to welcome Geelani on his return from New Delhi. Alam is known to have used social media to spread his views and distribute audio CDs in mosques.

Speaking on the occasion, Syed Ali Geelani said the Kashmir issue was an internationally-recognised dispute and termed it tripartite.He said India continued to maintain an illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and asked Mufti Saeed to announce that Kashmir was not an integral that Kashmir was not an integral part of India. He also issued a call for protest across the valley on coming Friday.

India reacted furiously following the show of support for Pakistan at the rally.Spokesperson Bharatiya Janata Party GVL Narasimha Rao said the act was completely unacceptable.“We expect the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, headed by Mufti Saeed, to take cognizance of the matter,” Rao added.

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh said action against Musarrat Alam will be taken at an appropriate time keeping in view the “local situation”.“See the situation in Kashmir. You should see the mob. We will take action under appropriate law and appropriate time... (An) FIR has been lodged and police will take action at appropriate time,” Singh said.

Asked about the arrest of Alam, he said: “A case for anti-India remarks will be slapped against him” and rejected suggestions that a long rope was being given to the separatists and hardliners during the BJP-PDP coalition rule.”

“These statements are totally wrong,” he said.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reassured that the Jammu and Kashmir government would take up the issue against Musarrat Alam for waving Pakistani flag and ensuing anti-India sentiments at the rally.“We have taken note of it and have encouraged the state government to initiate action against such people. So, the state government has to handle the situation,” Rijiju told the media.
Courtesy :The News: Thursday, April 16, 2015

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India reacted furiously following the show of support for Pakistan at the Srinagar rally. The 47-year-old Alam, a likely successor to Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, organised Kashmiri youth to welcome Geelani on his return from New Delhi. Alam is known to use social media to spread his views and distribute audio CDs in mosques.

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✔@ndtv Pakistani flag raised at rally of separatist Masarat Alam, freed recently http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pakistani-flag-raised-at-rally-held-by-kashmiri-separatist-masarat-alam-in-srinagar-755227 …
10:25 AM - 15 Apr 2015
India reacted furiously following the show of support for Pakistan at the Srinagar rally.
National Spokesperson Bharatiya Janata Party GVL Narasimha Rao said the act was completely unacceptable.
“We expect the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, headed by Mufti Saeed, to take cognizance of the matter,” Rao added.


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Times of India
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The way Pakistani flags were being raised in a protest in Srinagar is completely unacceptable: GVLN Rao on Masarat Alam & SAS Geelani (ANI)


Earlier, Hurriyat leader Asia Andrabi had also hoisted the Pakistani flag at a political gathering in Indian-held Kashmir to mark solidarity with Pakistan on its Republic Day.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM. APR 16, 2015



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Masarat Alam Bhat: ‘A stone thrower since childhood’
M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Mar 10, 2015



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The 47-year-old, a likely successor to separatist top gun Syed Ali Shah Geelani, organized Kashmiri youth to pelt stones at security forces and write anti-India graffiti.
SRINAGAR: Masarat Alam Bhat, whose release from jail has sparked off a political maelstrom, is a Kashmiri separatist hardliner with a talent for galvanizing the young and devising novel protest methods.

The 47-year-old, a likely successor to separatist top gun Syed Ali Shah Geelani, organized Kashmiri youth to pelt stones at security forces and write anti-India graffiti. Alam is known to use social media to spread his views and distribute anti-India audio CDs in mosques. During the Amarnath 2008 agitation, he came up with Ragda, a resistance dance where protestors form circles and clump their feet shouting slogans such as, "Go India, Go Back". A science graduate fluent in English, he was drawn to cries of azaadi and became commander of the Hizbullah militant outfit in 1990. He was arrested in 1991 and languished in jail through the decade.

He returned to prominence during the 2008 Amarnath land agitations and the 2010 protests. Arrested and freed many times, Masarat was behind the protest calendars and the " Quit Kashmir movement". He imposed restrictions on children attending school. Institutions remained closed between July and September 2010. Over 100 youngsters who participated in the stone pelting were killed across the Valley then.
Stone throwing was a form of protest in Kashmir since the 1980s. It was common in the Mirwaiz's bastion, downtown Srinagar. In 2010 Masarat had told TOI Crest: "I'm a stone thrower since childhood.

Those days, the only resistance was (throwing) stones. In winters, we'd throw kangris (earthen pots with hot coals carried in a wicker case). In 1989-90, the gun came, followed by torture, subjugation by the state. There've been so many deaths because demonstrators were unarmed. You don't allow them to express anger, attack them and expect them not to retaliate. People throw shoes, coke tins and trash in the US. Gujjars in Rajasthan threw stones when their demands weren't met."

Alam was arrested on Oct 18, 2010 after a manhunt; he carried a Rs 10-lakh reward. He's been slapped with the Public Safety Act several times since his 2010 arrest. "As soon as Alam is released, he starts from where he had left off. I haven't seen a separatist so obsessed," a 2010 article in Tehelka newsmagazine quoted an officer from the state's counter-insurgency cell.

Masarat is chairman of Muslim League, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani. He's also Hurriyat general secretary. A student of a missionary school, Bhat is from a middle-class family of Zaindar Mohalla in the Old City. He lost his father at age 10. The family owned garment shops and, as Tehelka wrote, "stood out for his new clothes, new shoes and generous pocket money." Much has changed since.

Masarat sees no virtue in India. "India is an oppressor and has occupied this land since 1947. India should go... People of J&K are mature enough to decide their future as a nation... They've seen so many things... The situation has educated them. But first, and most important, India should quit J&K," he told TOI-Crest in 2010.
Curtsey:Times of India Mar 10, 2015,



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