Hoisting Pak Flag in Kashmir Shows Kashmiri Sentiments: Pak

Sajjad Hussain/Islamabad
Hoisting Pak Flag in Kashmir Shows Kashmiri Sentiments: Pak

Pakistan today said a separatist woman leader hoisting its flag in Kashmir on its National Day reflects the "sentiments of Kashmiris and their love for the country".

Reacting to registration of a case against Kashmiri separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said, "While raising of Pakistan flags reflects the sentiments of Kashmiri people and their love for Pakistan, it also reinforces what we already know that Kashmiris in occupied territory are being subjected to suppressive measures."

Aslam alleged that people of Kashmir are "not allowed to express their views and sentiments and Pakistan has always and will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to their cause."

Andrabi, who hoisted Pakistani flag in Srinagar on the National Day of Pakistan on March 23, was today booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act with police saying further action will be taken after an investigation.

To another question about India allegedly not allowing a Pakistani family to visit the graves of their children, killed in the Samjhauta Express blast, she said, Pakistan is aware of "this unfortunate situation" and the "insensitivity in this regard is inconceivable."

"As far as I know, they have been given visa but not to the place where their children are buried, despite indicating very clearly that they wanted to visit the graves of their children."

"Our Mission in New Delhi is making efforts with the Indian Government to facilitate the parents' visit to their children's graves," she said.

She said the couple lost five children in the Samjhautha Express blast and "their pain was unimaginable and the "insensitivity in this regard is inconceivable."

Responding to a question on a remark by the public prosecutor in 26/11 Mumbai attack case that he had concocted the story of terrorist Ajmal Kasab demanding 'Biryani' in the jail, Aslam said, "It was very disturbing development".

"It raises questions about the credibility of the entire investigations, evidence and other trial processes," she said.

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