Govt seeks explanation from officer over ‘disrespecting’ national anthem

Govt seeks explanation from officer over ‘disrespecting’ national anthem
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JAMMU: Government has sought an explanation from an officer after he allegedly disrespected the national anthem by not standing up when it was being played at an event here.
The incident took place on February 21 during the inauguration of the three-day Jammu and Kashmir Literary and Cultural Festival, in which Governor N N Vohra was the chief guest. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present at the function.
The explanation has been sought from Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) officer Syed Iftikhar Ahmed, officials said.
He is the assistant editor, encyclopaedia, at the JKAACL, which is a body for writers and artists under the state department of culture and tourism.
The officials said that Ahmed, according to a complaint, did not stand up for the national anthem when it was being sung in the presence of the governor.
“It has come to the notice of the undersigned that you did not stand up for the national anthem when it was being played at the inaugural function of the three-day J&K writers and artists festival,” JKAACL Secretary Azizi Hajini said.
Hajini has sought an explanation from the officer in this regard.
“Before a view is taken in the matter, you (Ahmed) are directed to explain your position within two days,” the secretary said.
The festival, organised by the JKAACL, was inaugurated by the governor on International Mother Language Day.
On February 11, two Kashmiri youths were arrested here for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem.
They had allegedly refused to stand up for the anthem that was being played before the start of a film at a cinema hall in Narwal.
On January 15, the family members of a few policemen came in for criticism for not standing up during the national anthem at a passing out parade at the Subsidiary Training Centre.

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