Do not hoist the tricolour anywhere: Kashmir separatists issue warning before 15 August celebrations

| Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:52
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New Delhi: With the 15 August Independence Day celebrations just three days away, Kashmir separatists on Thursday issued warning to the government against any kind of celebration in the Valley.

While Kashmir is reeling under intense curfew imposed after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani, the United Hurriyat issued a calendar on Thursday where they mentioned the list of things that the people in the Valley should refrain from doing on 15th August.

The separatists even said that the people of Kashmir should observe 15th August as a "black day and civil curfew" while warning the officials not to hoist the national flag anywhere near government functions.

"Raise black flags on your houses, shops, market centers and local chowks wear black dresses or black bands on this day. Black Day for Azad Kashmir as well; all the political parties and people of Azad Kashmir hold protests with black flags against Indian occupation," mentioned the Hurriyat calendar.

"From 7:00 am onwards block all the roads towards and around the place of celebration of Indian Independence day; District development commissioners are asked not to hoist the Indian Flag in any part of the Jammu and Kashmir," the calendar demanded.

After the death of more than 50 civilians in the Valley and of many separatists-called marches against the Indian authorities, life in Kashmir has been debilitated due to the curfew. While the Kashmir issue has been debated hotly in the Rajya Sabha, all discussions haven't lead to a decisive change in the Valley.

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