Pro-Pak rhetoric: When Centre snubbed state govt to arrest Masarat Alam

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New Delhi, April 16: It seems, holding anti-India rally will cost separatist leader Masarat Alam dearly. He may be re-arrested for the same. Reportedly, Alam along with his comrades who unfurled Pakistani flag has been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Read more: J&K: Pakistani flags unfurled in separatist leader Masarat Alam's rally in Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered cases under section 13 of UAPA against Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Bhat and Peer Saifullah for allegedly raising anti-national slogans during a rally in Srinagar.

'Take strong action against Alam'

Meanwhile, taking a strong view of the development Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reprimanded Jammu and Kashmir Government. The Home Minister has told the Mufti government to take strong action against these separatist leaders. Reportedly, Singh told Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister that we will not compromise on national security front.

Protest in the State

According to latest report, people of the State are protesting over the issue. Expressing grief and anger, they are alleging that Mufti government is not following the norms of alliance(PDP-BJP). It seems PDP government is favouring separatists and their anti-India agenda, one of the protestor whimpers.

How Mufti reacted

Reportedly, Jammu and kashmir chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that law will take its own course over the mater. When prodded about the issue, Mufti said, "The law will take its own course.

Defiant Alam

Reportedly separatist leader who was recently released in 2010 summer agitation case dared India to re-arrest him. Justiying his act of waving Pakistani flag during rally, he said, "People here have sentiments in favour of Pakistan, they brought Pak flags and I am in complete support of their feelings". 

Will Alam be arrested?

Earlier, reacting sharply over the issue, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh said that the action against Masarat Alam will be taken at an appropriate time

"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.

Read more: Another embarrassment for BJP: Mufti govt releases separatist Masarrat Alam from jail

Asked about the arrest of Alam, he said "a case for anti-India remarks will be slapped against him (Masarat Alam)" 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. 

Pro-pakistan slogan

"J&K people has given us mandate and apart from development, we will take measures that anti-India elements does not rule the roost," he said, adding "Masarat Alam was not released by the this coalition government but by the Supreme court of India."

He said BJP and this coalition will not tolerate any anti-India movement in Kashmir.

After a gap of five years, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday allowed hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold a public rally in the outskirts of Srinagar city where his supporters including Masarat Alam, released from jail last month, raised pro-Pakistan slogans and others waved Pakistani flags.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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