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Govt seeks explanation from officer for 'disrespecting' national anthem

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Jammu, Feb 26: Government has sought an explanation from an officer after he allegedly disrespected the national anthem by not standing up when it was being played at an event here.

The incident took place on February 21 during the inauguration of the three-day Jammu and Kashmir Literary and Cultural Festival, in which Governor N N Vohra was the chief guest.

The explanation has been sought from Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) officer Syed Iftikhar Ahmed, officials said.

He is the Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia, at the JKAACL, which is a body for writers and artists under the State’s Department of Culture and Tourism.

The officials said that Ahmed, according to a complaint, did not stand up for the national anthem when it was being sung in presence of the Governor.

"It has come to the notice of the undersigned that you did not stand up for the national anthem when it was being played at the inaugural function of the three-day J&K writers and artists festival," JKAACL Secretary Azizi Hajini said.

Hajini has sought an explanation from the officer in this regard.

"Before a view is taken in the matter, you (Ahmed) are directed to explain your position within two days," the Secretary said.

The festival, organised by the JKAACL, was inaugurated by the Governor on International Mother Language Day.

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