Hurriyat leaders Geelani, Masarat Alam put under house arrest

10:50 PM | 16 Apr, 2015
Hurriyat leaders Geelani, Masarat Alam put under house arrest
SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani and separatist leader Masarat Alam were put under house arrest on Thursday on the eve of their rally in Tral town of Pulwama district in Indian-held Kashmir.

Geelani had called for a march tomorrow in south Kashmir where two youths were killed in an anti-militancy operation on Monday.

"Geelani has been placed under house arrest. A group of policemen has been deployed outside his house at Hyderpora as a preventive measure to maintain law and order," said a police officer.

He further said that similar curbs are in place for Alam.

Police had on Thursday filed a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Geelani and Alam for allegedly raising anti-national slogans in a rally in Srinagar.

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP, which is a part of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state, had demanded the immediate arrest of both Geelani and Masarat, saying registration of an FIR against them was 'not enough'.

"We have conveyed to our coalition partner especially to the chief minister who holds the home ministry that we are not satisfied with mere registration of the FIR against Masarat Alam and Syed Ali Shah Geelani for their anti-national activities, we want their immediate arrest," J-K BJP chief spokesman Sunil Sethi said.

He said the party was of the opinion that activities of Masarat Alam pose a threat to the national security. However, the hardline wing of the Hurriyat Conference on Thursday had condemned registration of cases against its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Masarat Alam Bhat, saying the outfit will not be "cowed down" by such actions.

"We condemn the registration of an FIR against Hurriyat leaders in strongest terms. We will not be cowed down by such actions. "If seeking the right to freedom is a crime, then we will continue doing such things and no power on the earth can prevent us.

The registration of a case exposes the assertion of (Chief Minister) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that it is the battle of ideas. "His government could not bear even a single peaceful rally organised by Hurriyat," the amalgam said in a statement in Srinagar. The statement was released after a meeting of Hurriyat's Majlis-e-Shoura (advisory board) chaired by Geelani at his Hyderpora residence.

Separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat had on Thursday denied waving Pakistani flag at a rally organised to welcome his senior Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar, but said it was a representation of the feelings, aspirations and sentiments of the people across Kashmir.

A day after being slapped with Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for anti-national activities, the hardline Hurriyat leader had come out with clarification saying he did not wave the Pakistani flag and should not be held responsible for that.

"There was a welcome programme for Geelani. Some youth had (Pakistani) flags there. Why should I be held responsible for it?" Bhat, who was released last month after being detained under Public Safety Act for more than four years, said.

"This is a general trend in the state and not one man's doing. To hold one person responsible for it, I do not think is the right thing," he said.

Asked about the FIR against him in connection with yesterday's rally, he said it was nothing new for him. On Geelani's call for march to Tral on Friday where two youth were killed in an army operation earlier this week, Bhat said "we will see who all turn up".

"It is not only Indian administration (officials) who have a right to live in Jammu and Kashmir. We are sons of the soil and we have a right to live here. This is our land ...," he added.

After a gap of five years, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday allowed hardline separatist leader Geelani to hold a public rally on the outskirts of Srinagar city where his supporters including Alam raised pro-Pakistan slogans and others waved Pakistani flags.


Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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