Accession day: Pakistani flags unfurled during anti-India demonstrations in Kashmir

Published: July 18, 2015
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Screengrab from ANI video footage.

Screengrab from ANI video footage.

Thousands gathered to stage pro-Pakistan and anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar and other parts of Indian Kashmir on the first day of Eidul Fitr with some youth clashing with security forces, amid reports that Pakistani flags had also been unfurled, Radio Pakistan reported.

Veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani had on July 17 called for peaceful protests after Eid prayers against the Indian occupation of the territory to mark accession day, APP had reported on Friday.

On Saturday, soon after Eidul Fitr prayers had ended, many staged protests after, raising slogans against anti-India slogans and pro-freedom chants and unfurling Pakistani flags. But matters soon escalated as some protesters clashed with security forces in Srinagar and Anantnag, throwing stones at them.

Indian forces fired tear gas at the protesters to disperse them.

Local police confirmed that Pakistani flags had been unfurled, Indian Express reported. Inspector General of Police Kashmir Javid Mujtaba Gilani said that they had “registered a case, after a Pakistani flag was raised inside the Eidgah ground today.”

Geelani barred from congregational Eid prayers

Indian authorities placed Hurriyat leaders Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and others under house arrest, barring them from joining the congregational Eid prayers.

“The Mirwaiz was to offer the Eid sermon, as has been a tradition for centuries,” a Hurriyat spokesperson said, Hindustan Times reported. “Not allowing the Mirwaiz to offer prayers is a deliberate interference with his religious duties.”

The Mirwaiz was not allowed to leave his Srinagar residence on Saturday and had to address the congregation over the phone.

“There is no option but to address the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the people,” the Mirwaiz told the gathering. “Both India and Pakistan should initiate meaningful dialogue over Kashmir.”

On Friday, Geelani had in a statement called on Kashmiris to protest against policies of the new regime, who he alleged had alarmingly increased the rate of human rights violations in the valley, making live very difficult, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The demonstrations on Saturday took place right after Eid prayers in Srinagar, and various parts of the territory, including Bandipore, Shopian, Islamabad, Sopore, Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Kishtwar, Budgam.

Accession to Pakistan day

Azad Kashmir AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed in their separate messages on Saturday said that the people of Kashmir are determined to continue their struggle till accession to Pakistan is achieved, Radio Pakistan reported.

On July 19, 1947, Kashmiris adopted a historic resolution from the platform of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim conference in Srinagar, demanding the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan in accordance with the Partition Plan and two Nation theory.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Muhammad
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Hooray!!
    Waving Pak flag while facing guns makes you true heroes…unparalleled in bravery and determination. In Pakistan our hearts beat with yours.
    Eid Mubarak to you all. May God bless you with freedom.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:15AM

    Remember those days in the past, where people of Kashmir origin and others used to enter the occupied territory of Kashmir and help the people fighting against the occupation Indian Army. All of a sudden, Pakistan Army is now controlling the border and is not allowing anyone to cross the border. There is no one in Pakistan Army who can say enough is enough and let the Kashmiris fight their own battle. Will this happen? Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:25AM

    You forgot to report the unfurling of the ISIS flags right beside the Pakistani flag. That would help in putting the people involved in it into perspective.Recommend

  • BCCI
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Yaaawwnnn Recommend

  • Vakil
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:55AM

    Actually things have gone much further than ‘Accession to Pakistan’ or ‘waving Pakistan flag’ – now the real flavor is ‘Islamic State’ (i.e. Daesh) — there were more flags of the Islamic Caliphate waved on these (and earlier such) occasions than that of Pakistan… question is: Why is this not reported by Pakistan/Kashmir press??? Recommend

  • Point
    Jul 19, 2015 - 1:56AM

    How masses react to oppression. India, it won’t last long. Recommend

  • Indian
    Jul 19, 2015 - 5:50AM

    They all get paid by the agencies, of course they’ll wave a flag. They will wave Turkmenistan flag if the price is right.Recommend

  • pat
    Jul 19, 2015 - 7:20AM

    Everyone everytime says it wont last long and Indi will break up. Have you forgotten that India has been holding on to Kashmir for 68 yrs. Im sure it can do the same for another two generations. And btw Kashmiris were waving ISIS flags more than Pakistan flags. Indian army would sooner or later take it seriously and declare them as terrorists. Everyone knows it minute u give shooting orders everyone runs away as usualRecommend

  • wb
    Jul 19, 2015 - 7:34AM

    If there are dozens ISPR reports it as thousands.

    I’m pretty sure that Imran taught this to Pak army.Recommend

  • devindersingh
    Jul 19, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @Muhammad:
    Hahhaha, you can enjoy to saw this picture but its doesn’t change anything bcz this is small pocket in vally.They were also waived ISIS flag.you just wait and watchRecommend

  • Malik
    Jul 19, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Out of one crore Kashmiris, two people held Pakistani flags. What about the rest of the ninety nine lakh odd kashmiris who DID NOT hold pakistani flags? Isnt that the real message?Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 19, 2015 - 10:17AM

    Idiotic Indians they should learn from Saudi Arabia or Pakistan on how to deal with this situation.Recommend

  • Easy Peasy
    Jul 19, 2015 - 10:17AM

    You can unfurl what ever flags you wasn’t, sorry to break it to you, it won’t change a thing.Recommend

  • KKamal
    Jul 19, 2015 - 10:22AM

    @Point: Forget to worry about India. You are already half of what you started with. Baloochistan and Sindh is in pipeline, think about them.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 19, 2015 - 10:54AM

    These are paid agents of ISI,If they are such brave as someone commented above,then why hide face you cowards.These will not in help anyways and will be ignored by India.Keep living dark like that throughout your life without doing any productive work.Want to show bravery then go and wave flag standing in railway track.You will get much more praise for that.Recommend

  • hellboy
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:05AM

    What the Pakistani held kashmir(POK)are thinking about this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HVLZutBI70Recommend

  • hellboy
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Anti-India protest in Kashmir is favourable for India not for Pak because India cash on it globally.check the link why kashmiri people think like this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HVLZutBI70Recommend

  • ISIS
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:10AM

    why missed ISIS flags along with paki flag??Recommend

  • fact
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:31AM

    @Indian Guy:
    I am just looking at how much atoot ang it is of Mr. modi’s india. Recommend

  • sahil
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:36AM

    WE are kashmiri and we love INDIARecommend

  • AMMAR KAKAZAI
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:07PM

    LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE Recommend

  • Joe
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:13PM

    @Shaikh Mohommad:
    It happens because of state of art fencing in J & K infiltration is difficult. Yes Musharraf ceasefire helped in fence building . Thanks for thatRecommend

  • jayant
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:36PM

    These are traitors of mother India. India should protect you, give you funds from money collected from evey Indian Tax payer, India should protect you against terrorist, shelling from across border, China, , You hold Indian passport , Adhar card, Ration cards ( All proof of Indian identity ) , When Kashmir floods Indian govt gives u aid in millions from money which honest Indian tax payer pay, rescues you And yet These fools have the audacity to unfurl Pakistan flag. I say scrap article 370 let them have it the Indian way now, Spicy and hot !!!!!!! Recommend

  • Bitter Truth
    Jul 19, 2015 - 12:52PM

    My dearest country fellows, put the icing on the champignon. I don’t know why, we people start celebrating rather audaciously, on these kind of small incidences, and forget the insurgencies in our country. I am a student in country’s reputed institution, and in our university, there is a specific quota for AJK (AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR) nationals, and coincidently they do come in great numbers each semester. Now, if you ask the to chant the slogan “HAIL PAKISTAN”, they would refuse arguing, we are KASHMIRIS, believe in an Independent KASHMIR. So, Its rather premature to celebrate on such humble glimpses. Moreover, We should take care of our homeland as we eventually as a nation are at the receiving end. Recommend

  • Hmm
    Jul 19, 2015 - 1:00PM

    Some hired goons can’t change destiny of Mother India. Hail Mother India !!!! We will root out all the troubles which come in our way .Recommend

  • non aligned
    Jul 19, 2015 - 1:38PM

    First of all Kashmir is not only Muslim state, it had considerable hindu population too before the were forcibly ousted. Secondly British state of Bengal and punjab were divided on communal line same analogy can be drawn to Kashmir as it also has been divided in socalled AJK/POK and J&K/IHK. Therefore no further need for division only population can be given choice for migration. Thirdly as per provision aceesion first it was ruler who is to decide and Maharaja of JK had opted for India. Public of Kashmir at time not opposed to this only a few politicians raised their voices. Fourthly India is a secular country and its further division on religious line could jeopardy the future safety of muslims of rest of india who are the biggest suppoerter of secularism.Recommend

  • Ishan
    Jul 19, 2015 - 2:30PM

    They can hoist as many flags of pakistan and ISIS as they want but its going to be of no avail. They want to go to pakistan they should, but kashmir is staying in India.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jul 19, 2015 - 5:52PM

    @Vakil:
    Maybe they even don’t know its ISIS flag. It’s common piece of writing found everywhere in Muslim world!!!Recommend

  • Jul 19, 2015 - 8:05PM

    there is IS flags too including Pakistani flag , it will be create trouble to Kashmir Muslims & Pakistan if army start killing these IS terrorists so whole world will not say anything else because these are the IS terrorists. IS flags are the reason that India want so many years to kill these terrorists. so India is ready to kill Pakistan sponsored IS terrorists in Kashmir Ind Afghanistan . Pakistan is again using terrorists against India & Afghanistan but this time its using IS terrorists .Recommend

  • hzr
    Jul 19, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Poor deluded souls who think that by waving flags sovereignty will be changed,Recently they were burning American flags and did America care about it.Go ahead wave as many flags as you can lay your hands and shout all the slogans you wish to including ISIS and nothing will change…..Recommend

  • hzr
    Jul 19, 2015 - 9:53PM

    @pat:
    and in the meantime it was Pakistan which broke!!Recommend

  • truthbetold
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:27PM

    Another Pakistani stage managed flag waving incident. It has been well known that these dozen unemployed bums are paid by the Pak Establishment as has been the practice. A few years ago the Pak agencies paid Rs.500 per day to dozens of youth to throw stones, attack security forces and commit vandalism. While the youth were pushed to the front, the terrorist leaders stayed safe to avoid danger to themselves.Recommend

  • halal
    Jul 19, 2015 - 11:46PM

    i love india, i m kashmiri…we all love progressive india.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jul 20, 2015 - 6:39AM

    Islamic State flag or Pakistani flag, it makes no difference to us. They can wave all the flags they want but we will not do what Pakistan did with Bughti. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 20, 2015 - 11:58AM

    Here come the whining Indians. Recommend

  • Jul 20, 2015 - 12:19PM

    @Indian Guy:
    Believe me that tactic wont help RAW..Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 20, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Kashmiries continue waving Pakistani flags India doing nothing only Indian troll saying this and that on Pakistani websites…Recommend

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