Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sunday said Pakistan flags “would continue to be hoisted” in the Kashmir Valley, days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh warned of strict action against those indulging in such acts.
He also condemned the recent attacks on the communication system in Sopore, and asked United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin to probe the incidents.
“Pakistan is our benefactor. It is supporting the right of self determination to Kashmir. People here love Pakistan,” Geelani said addressing a seminar at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar. “The Pakistan flag is being hoisted in Kashmir since 1947. And it (Pakistan flag) would continue to be hoisted in future as well.”
Though Pakistan flags have appeared in many separatist rallies since 1990, there is a spurt recently. The police have arrested four persons in south Kashmir after Pakistan flags were hoisted in a rally organised by Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.
Condemning the attacks on mobile towers and threats to the people affiliated with cellular services, Geelani said: “I appeal to Salahuddin to probe what this Lashkar-e-Islam is and who are these people who kill innocents.” Geelani said. “Daesh (IS), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and now Lashkar-e-Islam like organisations are defaming Islam.”
Little-known outfit Lashkar-e-Islam has warned the cellular operators to wind up their operations in north Kashmir. After three attacks, in which two civilians were killed and three injured, the cellular services have been suspended in Sopore and its surrounding areas.