Published On: Mon, Aug 15th, 2016

VIDEO: Indian flag falls off pole as CM unfurls it in held Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Mehbooba Mufti, the chief minister of Indian occupied Kashmir, had a moment of embarrassment when she the Indian tricolor flag fell off the post as she hoisted it at Bakshi stadium today.

He had arrived to hoist a flag at the main Independence Day function.

Mehbooba, who was hoisting the national flag as Chief Minister for the first time, pulled the string attached to the post only to see the tricolor fall from the post and land on the ground.

Amid the awkward situation, two personnel from the security of the Chief Minister held the flag in their hands till Mehbooba gave the ceremonial salute to the flag.

As Mehbooba left the stage for inspecting the contingents of the police and paramilitary forces, the security staff at the Bakshi Stadium hurriedly set the flag right and hoisted it atop the post.


Kashmir hit by deadly unrest on India Independence Day

A police paramilitary commander was shot dead in Kashmir’s main city while at least two suspected separatist militants were killed in gun-battles Monday as violence flared in the disputed Himalayan region on Indian Independence Day.

The unnamed commander was critically injured in an ambush and died in hospital, a senior officer of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) confirmed to AFP, adding that two other members of the force were in a critical condition.

“We have lost a commanding officer. The combing operation is on,” said Atul Karwal, the force’s inspector general.

Another officer told AFP that two of the attackers are believed to have died in the gunfight in the Nowhatta locality of Srinagar although there would be no confirmation until their bodies were recovered.

Authorities have imposed a curfew in large parts of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, since July 9 during an upsurge in violence sparked by the killing of a top militant commander.

CRPF spokesman Bhuvesh Chaudhary said the slain commander was one of nine paramilitaries who were ambushed in two attacks in Nowhatta and there had been another shooting a few kilometres away in the northern part of the city.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been under a curfew since protests broke out over the death last month of the popular young rebel leader Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces.

More than 50 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, and thousands more injured in the region’s worst violence since 2010.

In a separate gunfight on Monday, two militants were killed near the Line of Control (LoC) — the de facto border between India and Pakistan — in the northern Uri sector, an Indian army spokesman said.

Deadly gunfight

S D Goswami said the militants sneaked over onto the Indian side but were challenged by border guards who killed them in a gunfight. Their bodies have been recovered.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in August 1947 but both claim the territory in full.

It is the epicentre of a separatist insurgency, with several rebel groups fighting Indian troops and police as they seek either independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Separatist groups traditionally order citizens to observe a shutdown on Independence Day to protest India rule.

The state’s first woman chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called on India and Pakistan to make the LoC irrelevant to bring peace in the region.

“I appeal to both countries that this line dividing Kashmir should be made irrelevant,” Mufti told at a thinly attended gathering, after hoisting the Indian flag at a sports stadium in Srinagar.

She blamed the Indian leadership for the current crises in Kashmir and appealed the protesting youth to return to the schools and colleges.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no direct reference to the situation in Kashmir in his annual Independence Day speech but made a general appeal for an end to violence saying India “will never tolerate terrorism”. – AFP

Courtesy: ARY & SAMAA

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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