Pak flag display: Govt says won’t allow anti-national acts

NEW DELHI :  Days after Pakistani flags were displayed in Kashmir by some separatists, the government today asserted in Lok Sabha that it will not allow anti-national activities even as it expressed readiness to have dialogue with those who eschew violence.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, while replying to questions, said all anti-national activities are firmly dealt with and stringent action taken.
“The government is committed to ensure that no anti-national activities take place which destabilises the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with consequences across the country,” he said in a written reply.
His assertion came about fortnight after Pakistani flag was displayed by some separatists in Kashmir.
Referring to that incident, Chaudhary said FIR was registered at Budgam police station for the anti-India and pro-Pakistan activities of the separatists on April 15.
The FIR was filed under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, including waging of war against the state, sedition, criminal conspiracy, rioting, wrongful restraint, endangering life of personal safety of others, among others.
According to the Minister, various separatist groups have been trying to exploit sentiments on various issues. These include “alleged excesses committed by security forces, misuse of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, restriction of movements of separatists, alleged apathy of government towards flood affected families, issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits etc”.
He said that during the last one year, a number of shut down calls were given by the separatists in Kashmir.
At the same time, he said, “The government remains open to dialogue with those who eschew the path of violence and are willing to work within the framework of the Constitution of India.” (AGENCIES)