IS, Pakistan Flags Reappear At Fresh Protests In Kashmir

27 June 2015
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Even after the Jammu and Kashmir Government said it had dentified 12 people, who had hoisted the Islamic State (IS) flags in the Valley, the IS and Pakistani flags were again on display during the clashes here on Saturday. A group of youth clashed with police and paramilitary personnel at Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal and Nowhatta areas in the strike-hit downtown amid the partial general strike observed in the city to protest against the use of teargas by the police at Jamia Masjid on Friday. During the strike, youth chanting pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans threw stones and bricks at the cops, who were deployed in the downtown areas.The police and CRPF men retaliated by firing teargas shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse the protestors. As the clashes occurred, some youth wearing masks hoisted at least two IS flags, while a second group hoisted the Pakistani flags amidst pro-Pakistan slogans. Though hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani had opposed the hoisting of IS flags, terming it unwise, the appearance of IS flags during protests on Fridays have become a common feature. 'The youth, who hoist the flags of IS or any other organisation during peaceful demonstrations, should think what we can gain by doing that. Contrary to any kind of benefit, it gives a reason to India to justify its actions in J&K,' Geelani said.