Noisy scenes, walkout disrupt J&K Assembly

Fracas over govts refusal to counter Pak resolution on Afzal's execution

Pandemonium prevailed in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Saturday as the opposition parties staged a walkout over the government’s refusal to adopt a resolution countering the one passed by the Pakistan National Assembly on the execution of Afzal Guru.

As the House started its proceedings, BJP and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party legislators called for the introduction and passage of a counter-resolution against the one passed by the Pakistan National Assembly on Thursday.

Bharatiya Janata Party Legislative Party leader Ashok Khajuria asked the Speaker Mubarak Gul that the House formally condemn the Pakistani move, a proposal supported by JKNPP’s Harsh Dev Singh and Jammu State Morcha’s (JSM) Ashwami Sharma.

But turning down those demands, deputy chief minister Tara Chand and law minister Mir Saifullah said Parliament had already passed a resolution condemning the Pakistani move. “Parliament has already passed a resolution against Pakistan — the message has been sent. It is applicable to us also — there is no need for a resolution,” Chand said.

“We have no control over Pakistan. We have a limited role in this Assembly,” he added. The state government’s stand, however, triggered off loud demands by opposition members who were on their feet shouting anti-Pakistan slogans.

“If we can discuss and bring a resolution on terrorist Guru why can’t we bring one against Pakistan which has bled us in proxy war?” said Ashwani Kumar of JSM, evoking a strong reaction from rural development minister and National Conference legislator, Ali Mohammad Sagar.

Later, the agitating opposition members staged a walkout from the House.  
The main opposition PDP has already boycotted the Assembly and are not attending the House proceedings over the issue of Guru’s hanging.

BJP and JKNPP’s legislators had called for the introduction and passage of a
counter-resolution against the one passed by Pakistan National Assembly on Thursday

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