Two Arrested for Flying Pakistani Flag in Pakistan-Controlled Kashmir

  • Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mirpur District President Saad Ansari Advocate said that Maqbool Butt Shaheed Square was set up in Dhodial to pay homage to the sacrifices of Maqbool Butt.
  • "Any political party, or organization, needs permission to hoist their flags at any place," said Mumtaz.
  • Dr. Tauqeer Gilani said that now the square which is named after the popular Butt. It is not appropriate to fly any non-state flag there except Kashmir.

According to the police of Mirpur district of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, two persons have been arrested for taking down the Pakistani flag in Dhodial. According to police, the incident took place yesterday. Public sentiment against him was high. He said that people were protesting against the removal of the flag. Grief and anger were being expressed.

Muhammad Maqbool Bhat also spelt Maqbool Butt was a Kashmiri separatist and founder of the separatist organisation National Liberation Front. He was hanged on 11 February 1984 in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Tahir Mumtaz said that Maqbool Butt Square is the property of Baldia Dhodial. The Pakistani flag was hoisted there for celebrations. After which an arrested accused first went on a hunger strike and then took off the Pakistani flag.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mirpur District President Saad Ansari Advocate said that Maqbool Butt Shaheed Square was set up in Dhodial to pay homage to the sacrifices of Maqbool Butt.

The flag of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front was hoisted on this square and the non-state flag of the state of Kashmir was hoisted and the flag of Pakistan was hoisted.

When Raja Tanveer Ahmed and his colleagues contacted the administration, they said that after the August 14 celebrations, the non-state flag of Kashmir would be taken down and the flags of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front would be hoisted again.

“When the August 14 celebrations ended, we demanded that the administration fulfill its promise,” he said. But when that did not happen, Raja Tanveer Ahmed first went on a strike.

He then approached the court and when his demand was not met from anywhere, he himself lowered the Pakistani flag.

Advocate Saad Ansari said that he had only taken down the flag. He had not done any insult, but kept it with him in the same place. He claimed he did so that if the administration come for it. He would give it to them.

Deputy Commissioner Tahir Mumtaz has completely rejected Saad Ansari’s claim. “We did not have any talks with him,” he said. “We have never promised anyone to raise or lower a flag again.”

Jammu and Kashmir was a region formerly administered by India as a state from 1954 to 2019, constituting the southern and southeastern portion of the larger Kashmir region

“Any political party, or organization, needs permission to hoist their flags at any place,” he said. No such permission was obtained from us. The maintenance of the popular Butt Square is the responsibility of the management. Which they are fulfilling efficiently.’

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front President Dr. Tauqeer Gilani said: “We cannot think of insulting the Pakistani flag nor Raja Tanveer. It’s a matter of ideas. The government has set up a popular Butt Square in Dhodial.

This work has been done to pay tribute to his services. Which we value very much. But Maqbool Butt and now his comrades are now fighting for an independent Kashmir.”

Dr. Tauqeer Gilani said that now the square which is named after the popular Butt. It is not appropriate to fly any non-state flag there except Kashmir.

Sardar Ijaz Afzal Khan, a former emir and central leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan-administered Kashmir said that taking off the Pakistani flag was tantamount to treason.

He claimed that there is no doubt that Kashmiris are struggling to make Kashmir Pakistan. After this incident, activists of all political, religious, and social organizations of Dodhial came together and again waved the flag of Pakistan.

Demonstrations are taking place against the removal of the Pakistani flag from Maqbool Butt Square. Opponents of the flag-raising are demanding stern action, while the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front is demanding the release of Raja Tanveer Ahmed and the Kashmiri ambassador.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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