Opposition members on Monday staged walk-out from the Upper House of legislature to protest against the killings and maiming of civilians by security forces during summer agitation in Kashmir.
As soon as the Chairman started the obituary references, opposition members jumped into the Well and raised slogans like, "Pellet shellet, pava shava na bhai na" and "Qatil sarkar, PSA sarkar na bhai na."
The opposition members disrupted the proceedings and continued the slogans in the well of the House.
The members were holding placards reading, "Punish the guilty, release all prisoners and release PSA detainees." The members demanded that the House should speak on killings during the summer agitation.
"Let this House talk about the killings and the atrocities by government on the people of Kashmir. Thousands of innocent youth were injured and hundreds maimed. Let we speak on those issues," the opposition members shouted.
However, a few PDP and BJP MLCs continued their speech during obituary reference amid the ruckus.
All the opposition members raised slogans against the government and castigated them for using force on the people of Kashmir. Later, the MLCs staged walk-out.
Meanwhile, speaking during obituary reference, leader of Upper House Naeem Akhtar criticized the opposition for creating pandemonium. He said the opposition members should have allowed the House to mourn death of political leaders and colleagues. "The irony is that most of the leaders who are not present among us in this House belong to the opposition parties. So the opposition party members should have allowed the members to speak," Akhter said.
Earlier, during the obituary reference PDP MLC Yasir Reshi hit out at opposition members and demanded constitution of a committee to probe "who forced people to the army camps."
"The role of opposition in fueling the violence in Kashmir during summer months should be probed by a committee. Those who are involved should be exposed," Reshi shouted at opposition members.
Later talking to media persons, Government spokesman Naeem Akhter said the opposition parties set a wrong precedence in both the Houses. "They should have respected the National Anthem during Governor's address," he said.