Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam waved the Pakistani flag on Wednesday to greet Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani at a rally in Srinagar, Indian media reported.
BREAKING | Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam waves Pakistani flag to greet Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 15, 2015
According to Express News, Kashmiri leaders had organised a rally against the atrocities of the Indian state in Kashmir.
The Times of India reported that Alam also allegedly chanted pro-Pakistani slogans during the rally.
Pakistani flag raised at rally held by Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam in Srinagar pic.twitter.com/4dXmZXsM95— NDTV (@ndtv) April 15, 2015
47-year-old Alam is a likely successor to Geelani. He was released from prison after four years on March 7.
India reacted furiously following the show of support for Pakistan at the Srinagar rally.
National Spokesperson Bharatiya Janata Party GVL Narasimha Rao said the act was completely unacceptable.
“We expect the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, headed by Mufti Saeed, to take cognizance of the matter,” Rao added.
The way Pakistani flags were being raised in a protest in Srinagar is completely unacceptable: GVLN Rao on Masarat Alam & SAS Geelani (ANI)— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) April 15, 2015
We expect State govt of J&K headed by Mufti to take cognizance of the matter: GVL Narasimha Rao (ANI) pic.twitter.com/xa8vffxkHj— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) April 15, 2015
Earlier in March, an FIR was registered against Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi for unfurling the Pakistani national flag on March 23 in Srinagar. She was booked under the ‘Unlawful Activities Prevention Act’.
Read: Separatist leader booked for unfurling Pakistani flag, singing national anthem in Srinagar
The fearless Asiya is the chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a women’s wing associated with the Hurriyat. She allegedly sang the Pakistan national anthem as well after unfurling the flag.