Srinagar, Apr 15: Days after his release from jail, separatist leader Masarat Alam on Wednesday held an anti-India rally in Srinagar in which his supporters were spotted carrying Pakistani flags, media reports claimed.
Times Now tweeted, "Freed separatist leader Masarat Alam holds anti-India rally in Srinagar, raises Pakistani flag."
Another tweet showed images in which his supporters were seen holding Pakistani flags.
Reacting to this news Congress attacked the NDA government at Centre for being soft over separatists and termed it as a direct attack on country's unity. [J&K: Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi booked for unfurling Pak Flag in Srinagar]
"Never ever has it happened in worst days of militancy that separatists paraded on streets of Srinagar raising Pak flag. This is outrageous. J&K Governor should dismiss BJP-PDP government," said Congress leader Manish Tewari.
"If Pak flag is going to be raised on streets of Srinagar, it is a direct attack on unity and integrity of India," added Congress leader. [Who is Masarat Alam and why his release from jail created uproar in Kashmir, India: Explained]
Condemning this development BJP leader GVL Narsimha was quoted as saying, "The way Pakistani flags were being raised in a protest in Srinagar is completely unacceptable. We expect State Govt of J&K headed by Mufti ji to take cognizance of the matter."
The manner in which Pak flag were being raised in a protest in Srinagar is completely unacceptable: GVLN Rao on Masarat Alam & SAS Geelani
The manner in which Pak flag were being raised in a protest in Srinagar is completely unacceptable: GVLN Rao on Masarat Alam & SAS Geelani— ANI (@ANI_news) April 15, 2015
Earlier, Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi was booked for hoisting Pakistan flag and singing its national anthem on its national day in Srinagar.
A case against Asiya was registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.