Pakistan Day celebrations in Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam invited

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New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was invited for Pakistan National Day celebrations at the High Commission in Delhi on Monday, will not be attending the event.

Alam was released from Baramulla prison after the new Jammu and Kashmir government’s policy to free political prisoners who do not face criminal charges.

Alam is the chairman of Muslim League, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and is seen as the latter’s successor.

He had been convicted for organizing anti-India protests resulting in the death of 112 people in stone pelting across the Valley in 2010.

Pakistan is holding its first Republic Day parade in 7 seven years in a show of strength against Taliban insurgents.

Pakistani Taliban militants attacked an army school in Peshawar on December 16 killing 150 people, mostly children.

Following the attack, the Pakistan government and political parties expressed a renewed resolve to fight terrorism in the country. Pakistan has resumed executions after lifting moratorium in the wake of attack at the Peshawar school massacre.

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