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

Jammu witnesses protests over separatists Geelani, Masarat rally in Srinagar

Geelani, who returned here after spending winter months in Delhi, was taken to his residence from the airport in a procession led by Alam against whom state Police registered a case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Meanwhile, the Centre has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to take strictest possible steps against those involved in anti-national actions during a rally by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Geelani, Masarat hold rally in Srinagar; supporters wave Pakistani flags, chant anti-India slogans

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Wednesday night and made it clear that the issue of national security cannot be compromised.

The Chief Minister briefed Singh about what happened at the rally and the situation there, official sources said.

Political parties slam Geelani rally

However, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh said action against Masarat will be taken at an appropriate time keeping in view the "local situation".

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