Earlier, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Dukhtaran-i-Milat chief, Asiya Andrabi too chose to boycott the function.
Stone-pelting youths took to the streets in the Safa Kadal area of old city Srinagar as police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel used batons and tear smoke canisters to disperse the protesters.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the separatist alliance All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, said that the talks between India and Pakistan would yield no results if the festering Kashmir dispute was not resolved. A group of around 50 youth indulged in stone-pelting at Lal Chowk in Anantnag area of south Kashmir but were chased away by the police, he added.
The spokesman said Hurriyat’s decision to attend the event was not a political reaction but based on its decided policy and principles for resolution of the Kashmir issue.
” “Hurriyat has always advocated for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir and other issues but any dialogue between the two countries which ignored Kashmir dispute has never succeeded in the past and would never succeed in the future as well””.
As soon as Friday prayers got over at Jami Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city, a group of youths had waved the controversial flags and raised pro-separatist and pro-Pakistani slogans.
Raising of flags has rather been a reoccurring activity since the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power.