Unfazed DeM chief asks ‘How am I traitor when I’m not an Indian national’
Srinagar: Police on Wednesday booked Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Asiya Andrabi under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for hoisting Pakistani flag and signing the neighbouring country’s national anthem on its National Day on Monday.
The police filed a case (No.14/2015) under sections 13 and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of UAPA against Asiya at the police station Nowhatta, a senior official told Kashmir Reader. While section 13 of the UAPA is a non-bailable offence, section 120-B is bailable.
Asiya was booked after some Delhi-based television channels ran a story showing the DeM chairperson along with dozens of her party associates celebrating the Pakistan Day on March 23 inside a dimly lit room in downtown Srinagar. Some loudmouthed television anchors have called for her arrest.
An unfazed Asiya told Kashmir Reader that she has been celebrating Pakistan Day from the last 35 years and “India has no right to object to it.”
“Celebrating Pakistan Day in Kashmir is not new or something unusual. We have been celebrating it, and we will continue to do so. If hoisting of flag or singing of Pakistan national anthem is a crime, we will continue to do so again and again until Kashmir gets freedom from Indian occupation,” she said.
“And I just want to make it clear that I have not sung Pak national Anthem on Indian soil, neither have I hoisted a Pakistani flag on Indian soil. It is the soil of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is my land, it is not integral part of India,” she added.
Expressing surprise over the slapping of charges, Asiya said if she had hoisted Pakistani Flag in Indian states like Delhi, Punjab or elsewhere then the authorities had every reason to book her. She alleged that the state police was “dancing to the tunes of Indian news channels and obeying the orders from the news studios.”
“First, the Indian news channels asked the police to book me. And now when I have been booked, the channels are issuing deadlines to police to arrest me. The news channels are dictating terms to police. This is more shocking,” Asiya said. “How am I being dubbed as a traitor when I don’t consider myself an Indian national? I can raise Pakistani flag anywhere in my land. It’s my right.”