Reduce Amarnath Yatra to 30 Days: Geelani

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Now Pak flag, Azadi cry at  Tral rally

SRINAGAR:   Tral town reverberated with pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, today, during a big gathering, which was addressed by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Geelani visited the town to express solidarity with the family of a youth, Khalid Muzaffar Wani, who was recently killed  by troops..

People raised high-pitched slogans like Jeewey Jeewey Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad, We want freedom, and go India go. People also hoisted Pakistan’s National flag during the gathering.

Addressing the rally,  Geelani said that the Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, was helping the BJP and RSS to further their anti-Kashmiri agenda in the territory. He expressed serious concern over the issuance of Permanent Resident Certificates to non-Kashmiri school children in schools terming it as a conspiracy to convert the Muslim majority of the territory to minority.

Geelani demanded withdrawal of troops and reduction in the duration of annual Amarnath Yatra to a maximum period of thirty day.

Blaming “Indian military occupation” for the flood threat which looms large on Kashmir since devastating September 2014 floods, Geelani said the army troopers have occupied the heights of the region which otherwise could be used for residential purposes by locals . He said as a result of occupation, the locals are compelled to construct houses in flood channels.

Geelani demanded de-militarization from civil areas of the Kashmir.

Demanding a blanket ban on wine in Kashmir, the Hurriyat chairman accused Jammu and Kashmir government of spearheading immorality in the Muslim-majority region. He alleged that the PDP-led coalition government is being run by RSS and said: “Whatever Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wishes only that happens here. Castigating PDP, Geelani said the party is “dangerous” for Kashmir.

Last month too, Pakistani flags were raised at a rally organised in Srinagar by Geelani. Separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was released from jail in March, was present at the rally where anti-India slogans were raised.

Following a hue and cry, Alam was later detained and subsequently arrested under the Public Safety Act under which the separatist leader could be jailed for at least two years.

The Centre had categorically stated that waving of Pakistani flags or raising of anti-India slogans will not be allowed under any circumstances.

Under pressure, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also said that there was no place for such acts.

Omar on Pak flag

Srinagar:  National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today hit out at BJP for maintaining silence over waving of Pakistani flags during a rally by separatists in Kashmir.

“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,” Omar wrote on twitter.

The former Chief Minister was referring to waving of Pakistani flags during a Hurriyat Conference rally in Tral town of Kashmir and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meeting Bollywood stars in Mumbai yesterday for promoting shooting of movies in the Valley.

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