‘Will watch how Speaker proceeds’

Srinagar, Oct 9: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said the National Conference stood exposed in the Legislative Assembly following contradictory statements made by the...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said the National Conference stood exposed in the Legislative Assembly following contradictory statements made by the government and Speaker Mubarak Gul over summoning the former army chief General V K Singh. She said PDP will watch curiously how Speaker fulfills his assurance on summoning Gen Singh within a month.
Addressing media persons at her Gupkar residence here, Mehbooba said NC was once again exposed in the House after Speaker Mubarak Gul and Law Minister Mir Saifullah spoke in different tones.
"I am proud of my legislators who forced the Speaker to make a statement on whether he would summon Gen Singh or not," she said. "I stated this in the Assembly and I want to repeat it that Gen Singh is just a tip of ice-berg. He is a symptom not the disease," she said.
Mehbooba said there was lot of confusion in the Legislative Assembly today over the issue of summoning Gen Singh. "First, Speaker said he will write a letter. Then he stated he will convene special session and it was after we protested and pressed that the issue of summoning Gen Singh be put to vote, he made a statement that he will summon the firmer Army Chief."
Mehbooba said Speaker has assured PDP legislators that Gen Singh would be summoned within a month. "We hope he would fulfill his assurance. We will wait and see how Speaker proceeds on the issue," she said.
The PDP chief was flanked by PDP legislature party leader and chief spokesman Naeem Akthar and other legislators.
She said it was unfortunate that even after 65 years, JK politicians are seen as suspects by New Delhi. "This is because of the changing colors of politicians since 1947," she said. "Our democratic institutions have been manipulated time and again due to which JK politicians have got discredited."
In a message to policy makers in New Delhi, Mehbooba said: "JK issues and issues related to the problem can be resolved through democratic means only."
To a query why PDP didn't move the privilege motion if they were so serious in summoning the former Army chief, Mehbooba said; "House is not anybody's property. We had moved an adjournment motion after which a debate took place and a unanimous resolution was passed," she said.

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