Shiv Sena activists today burnt Pakistan’s national flag on its 64th Independence Day in protest against what they termed as its continued support to terrorist activities against India.

A protest march was taken out in Phagwara by Sena activists from Hanuman Garhi Mandir to Sugar Mill Chowk on NH 1, where a demonstration and a rally were held during which they burnt the Pakistani flag, the Indian News Agency PTI reported quoting the outfit’s Punjab unit Vice-President Inderjit Karwal.

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The Senas also criticized the Indian government for its “soft” approach towards Pakistan’s continued support to what they said were anti-India terrorists operating in Indian-administered Kashmir and from across the border.

“It was ironical that Amarnath yatra had to be carried under the shadow of guns on our own land which speaks volumes about India’s soft policy towards terrorists and their exporters like Pakistan,” Karwal said.

Maintaining that this policy had a demoralizing effect on the security forces, Sena leaders demanded that shoot-at-sight orders be issued against all those pursuing “treacherous activities” in J&K for restoration of lasting peace in the disputed region.