SOURCE: TIMES NOW
Days after Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha directed district officers of the Union Territory (UT) to ensure that the Indian national flag is hoisted on all government buildings and establishments under their jurisdiction, Mehbooba Mufti called it “insecurity” of the administration.
The first woman chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir had made a controversial statement in the past saying she won’t hoist the Indian tricolour unless the flag of Jammu & Kashmir is allowed.
Mehbooba gave this statement after coming out of detention in October last year.
Won’t hoist tricolour until J&K flag is allowed: Mufti in 2020
Addressing the media the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president said members of her party would not raise the Indian tricolour unless they are allowed to raise the flag of Jammu & Kashmir.
The new directive from the J&K government has rattled the separatists in the Valley as well.
A circular in this regard was issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, PK Pole which said: “The Indian National Flag represents the hope and aspiration of the people of India. It is a symbol of our national pride. There is universal affection and respect for, and loyalty to the National Flag.”
Mufti at loggerheads with Centre over ED probe, passport row
During these past few weeks, Mufti has been at loggerheads with the Centre over summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Last month, it was revealed that Mufti’s party was pumping money into the Hurriyat Conference for keeping secessionist activities alive in the Valley. The disclosure was made by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while probing the case related to suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu.
The NIA in its chargesheet claimed that PDP youth wing chief Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra gave Rs 5 crore to Altaf Ahmed Shah aka Altaf Fantoosh, separatist leader of All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) who was chargesheeted in NIA’s terror-funding case, to keep the situation in the Kashmir Valley volatile after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.