Govt dumps PDP resolution on summer unrest probe

Jammu, Mar 16: The state government Wednesday grounded a resolution by the opposition PDP, seeking an enquiry commission headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe into last year’s summer ...

Jammu, Mar 16: The state government Wednesday grounded a resolution by the opposition PDP, seeking an enquiry commission headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe into last year's summer unrest in the Valley.

Amid noisy scenes in the Legislative Council, PDP member Murtaza Ahmed Khan moved a private member's resolution in the Upper House for a commission of inquiry headed by a sitting judge of Supreme Court to be constituted to probe the unrest in which around 115 civilians were killed, last year.

Blaming the state government for fuelling alienation in the Valley due to killings, Khan said that it has failed to bring to book the culprits involved in the killings despite ordering probes and setting up commissions.

Khan, while moving the resolution, said that 115 innocent civilian, youth, and even teenagers were killed by the security forces and police for which, an independent probe is must.

"They were not the armed men, not even trained militants but they were the innocent citizens, mostly youth, of Jammu and Kashmir," Khan said and questioned the government that what was their fault?

He batted for setting up of the commission which will "freely and fairly probe and order punishment to those responsible as it would not be influenced by the government." Rejecting the motion, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar opposed the resolution, saying that the government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has always reiterated its "zero tolerance to any human rights violations or custodial killings in the state."

He said that government had initiated probes and set up a three-member commission of inquiry to look into the killings during the summer unrest and action has been taken on such reports till now.

"He (Murtaza) has used word 'bad governance' and accused Omar led government for the turmoil in Kashmir which is not true," the minister said.

 Sagar said; "Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in response to a question by national and international media have clearly said that they have nothing to do with Omar government. They were against India. They had given a 'Quit India' call and the slogan was 'Go India Go Back," Sagar said while giving clean chit to the coalition.

He said during the PDP rule nearly 121 enquires were initiated but no report was submitted after the investigation and it indicates how that government was serious about the incidents.

While the opposition charged the NC led government of 'unleashing' rein of fear in the valley by resorting to frequent arrests of youth, the Government blamed the PDP leadership of imposing AFSPA in the state during early nineties.

After over ten minutes of debate, with a voice vote, the resolution fell in the council as Khan pressed for its passage in the House.

SPEAKER, PDP MLA SPAR

Meanwhile, the Legislative Assembly Wednesday witnessed heated exchange of words between the Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone and PDP legislator Syed Bashir.

The Speaker also reprimanded the legislator for showing 'disrespect' to the Chair and asked him to "behave like a legislator."

The trouble erupted after the PDP MLA Syed Bashir who stood up from his seat to raise an issue. Bashir accused the Speaker of ignoring him.

"Aap Tou Hamari Sunte Hi Nahi Hain Speaker Sahab (You don't listen to us). It is great injustice with the Opposition members," Bashir remarked.

His remarks provoked the Speaker who retorted; "You should learn the manners to behave like a legislator in the House. You must respect the Chair."

It led to heated exchange of words with the Speaker directing the legislator to take his seat.

Later, the PDP MLA clarified that he had not shown any disrespect to the Chair.

"Speaker Sahab Aap Ne Mujhe Zaleel Kar Diya (Speaker sir, you have insulted me). I had not shown any disrespect to the Chair. I wanted to raise a simple issue," he maintained.

The Speaker directed that all words which he made should be expunged from the record. 

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