A Motion that would have paved the way for judicial probe into civilian killings during the six-month long uprising in Kashmir was rejected in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday after MLAs from PDP and BJP voted against it.
As soon as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti replied to the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s Address, NC’s Ali Muhammad Sagar said he would withdraw an amendment to the Motion if the CM gives assurance regarding it.
“If the CM makes an assurance (regarding the probe), I am ready to withdraw it,” he said.
He had moved an amendment seeking judicial probe into the civilian killings by Army, police and CRPF in Kashmir last summer after Burhan Wani’s killing.
The NC lawmaker pressed for putting the Motion for voting as the CM did not give any assurance for holding judicial probe into the killings.
When the Motion was put to vote, PDP and BJP MLAs opposed it while all lawmakers from National Conference and Congress supported it. Subsequently, the Speaker declared that the Motion has been rejected.
On Monday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had announced Special Investigation Teams to probe the killings.
“I am convinced that there was indiscriminate use of force. They were brazenly killed. We will constitute SITs to probe these incidents,” she had said.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Ali Muhammad Sagar said rejection of the Motion by the House has exposed PDP.
“The party used to talk about human rights before 2014 but now it is scuttling all efforts aimed to protect the rights of the people of Kashmir,” he said.
He said, “Had the Motion been passed, the Government was bound to initiate judicial probe into the killings.”
State Secretary of CPI (M) and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said, “Scuttling of the Motion has exposed the Government.”
“The opposition to the Motion has exposed the Government’s tall claims about justice and transparency,” he said.
In the Kashmir uprising, 97 civilians were killed by security forces while over 15000 were wounded.