November 2002 News

Stormy scenes in J&K Assembly

25 November 2002
The Times of India

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly witnessed stormy scenes as it convened a few hours after terrorists were cleared out of both the temples in Jammu on Monday morning. Although chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed made a statement, it was only after much disruption by the National Conference. They demanded that an adjournment motion be called on the morning''s attack, a demand Speaker Tara Chand rejected on the count that it had not been submitted as per the rules. As a reaction to the continued rejection of their demand by the Speaker, they trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans and then staged a walkout. The NC members resumed their seats when the Mufti finally made the statement saying that the operation had ended at 10 am on Monday, when the terrorist hiding in a house in the vicinity of the Panjbakhtar temple were eliminated. He said 13 persons, including a CRPF jawan, a policeman and three militants had been killed and 52 injured. The Mufti said the operation at the Raghunath temple, in which the lone terrorist who had entered on Sunday evening, had ended on Sunday itself with the elimination of the terrorist. He said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba had claimed responsibility for the attack, and that reports suggested that both terrorists were foreigners. The Mufti said ''It had been the endeavour of militants to step up fidayeen attacks during Ramzan which started from November 7.'' He said the four-year history of fidayeen attacks ''has proved that this strategy of suicide attacks receives a fillip during Ramzan. During the past three years, nine suicide attacks were carried out by militants during this time.'' The Mufti asserted ''Pakistan has been continuing with its policy of unleashing attacks and cross-border terrorism. There has been no let-up except for a brief lull after the elections, when Pakistan was engaged in its own elections.'' Curfew is still on in the city although the situation is reportedly under control.


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