ISIS, Pak flags surface in Srinagar

Friday, Jun 12, 2015,20:48 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Srinagar | The ISIS and Pakistani flags surfaced in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) immediately after Friday prayers were over in the historic Jamia Masjid.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah denied media reports that he addressed a rally at Kupwara and said he was under house arrest since Wednesday evening.
Immediately after moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq left home after addressing Friday congregation, a group of youths waived ISIS and Pakistani flags in nearby Nowhatta area. The youths later managed to escape from the area.
However, they were chased away by police and security forces, official sources said adding that the situation however, remained normal in the area.
Waiving of Pakistani and ISIS flags time and again has been taken very seriously by the central government. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already directed the coalition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP government in the state to take stern action against those involved in these incidents.
Mr Singh has declared that such anti national activities would not be allowed.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has also directed security agencies to go tough against such elements who were involved in waiving Pak flags and raising pro-Pak slogans in the Valley.
The state government has already booked a senior separatist leader Masarat Alam under Public Safety Act (PSA) for his involvement in waiving Pakistani flags on April 15 at a rally organised at Hyderpora to receive hardline HC chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani from Delhi.
Alam, who headed 2010 mass agitation in the Kashmir valley during which more than 120 people, mostly youths, were killed in security force and police firing, has been shifted to Kotbalwal jail Jammu.
However, he has filed a petition in High Court demanding his shifting to Srinagar which was opposed by the government. The government in the reply filed yesterday in the High Court said there was no threat to Alam in Jammu jail as was being alleged in the petition.