Pak invites Masarat Alam for National Day celebrations


New Delhi: Playing on the front foot, Pakistan has invited separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was released from jail earlier this month, to attend its National Day celebrations. The National Day celebrations will be scheduled to be held in the National capital on Monday.But Masarat Alam has however refused to attend Pakistan Day celebrations. Due to health issues, Alam will not be present at the celebrations, said Masarat to the media.

Earlier this month, a huge political controversy had erupted over the release of Alam. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had even warned its new alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to mend its ways.

Reports claimed that BJP had warned J&K Chief Minister and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to either mend ways or the alliance will be called off.

The BJP top brass was seen angry over Masarat’s “unilateral” release by the PDP without consulting the party and warned that it will not allow any more such releases of separatists or militants. In connection to the event, PM Modi has written to Shariff on the occasion saying that all issues between India and Pakistan can be solved by following proper bilateral relations.