Radical women outfit celebrates Pak Independence Day in Kashmir

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Continuing with its tradition, activists of radical women’s outfit Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Nation) on Monday hoisted Pakistani flags in Srinagar on the occasion of neighbouring country’s Independence Day.

A spokesperson of the outfit, 1990sheaded by Asiya Andrabi, said that “multiple functions” were organized in several districts of the state to “mark the Independence Day of Pakistan”. “Special prayers were held for safety and integrity of Pakistan in general and independence of Jammu and Kashmir from India in particular,” she said. “Pakistani national anthem was also sung.”

The DeM, led by Andrabi, has been hoisting Pakistani flags every year on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23 and Pakistan Independence Day on 14 August. At the peak of insurgency in Kashmir in the 1990s, militant outfits like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen would hold full-fledged parades to mark this day.

In April this year, the J&K Police booked Andrabi under Public Safety Act (PSA) for “inciting” women in the valley to pelt stones at security forces and “disrupt” normal life. She had been booked in 2015 also for celebrating Pakistan Day in 2015 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing terror funding to separatists, in July termed Dukhtaran-e-Millat as a “terrorist” organisation for openly supporting banned terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and asking the Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel to revolt against India and join Kashmir’s “freedom struggle”.

The radical outfit legitimises the use of armed means for the settlement of the Kashmir problem espousing that Kashmiris are fighting for their freedom and existence using different means including political and armed ones.

The group had been in news for an aggressive campaign against obscenity, vulgarity and other social evils. In 1990’s, Andrabi and her associates campaigned against beauty parlours and obscene posters depicting women in bad light.

Andrabi is married to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, who has been awarded life term for his role in the murder of human rights activist lawyer H.N. Wanchoo in 1992.