Azad initiates debate on Kashmir in Rajya Sabha

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad initiates discuss on Kashmir in the parliament on Wednesday.
Azad initiates debate on Kashmir in Rajya Sabha
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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad initiates discuss on Kashmir in the parliament on Wednesday.

Azad reiterated his demand for PM's statement on Kashmir, even as he thanked the government for allowing debate on Kashmir.

He said that Kashmir was burning ever since BJP stepped in, referring to the coalition govt it runs with PDP in the state.

"PM addressed Kashmir from Madhya Pradesh," he said, adding that J&K has no resources and that the state depends on Centre.

"The crown of India (Kashmir) is burning. You must have felt the heat on your head, if not the heart," Azad said initiating the debate.

The Kashmir debate in the Rajya Sabha came more than a month after violence erupted in the valley following the July 8 killing of Hizb ul Mujaheedin commander Burhan Wani.

More than 55 people have been killed in the weeks of demonstrations and clashes between Kashmiri protesters and security forces. The violence has left thousands injured. Hundreds, who have been hit by pellets, have partially or fully lost their eyesight.

When the house began discussing the situation, Modi was not present. The Prime Minister had in his public rally in Madhya Pradesh a day earlier appealed for peace in the valley. 

"How come the Prime Minister addresses Kashmir from Madhya Pradesh… Why not from the house," Azad asked. "Is there no value of the parliament?"

"Do not only love the beauty of Kashmir. Love those who have been blinded, injured and killed," he added.

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