NC blames Mufti, PDP Sheikh for Kashmir problem16 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: All the ruling National Conference members in the Upper House trained 'guns' at the PDP member Murtaza Khan after the later passed some 'objectionable' remarks against towering leader of the party Late Sheikh Mohd Abdullah, leading to clashes, heated exchanges between NC and PDP members, causing disruption in the House today. Total uproar and ugly scenes were witnessed in the 'House of Elders' after the PDP member Murtaza Khan interrupted RDD, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohd Sagar while speaking on killings of youth in Kashmir last summer in response to private members resolution and passed some remarks against Late Sheikh Mohd Abdullah. While some of the remarks of Murtaza were not audible clearly in the din but the remarks added fuel to the fire as Mr Sagar was already 'triggering salvo' on the opposition PDP members on the Kashmir situation and holding Mufti's party responsible for innocent killings of over 100 people and provocating youth for stone pelting in Kashmir. He also countered the allegations and the remarks raised by PDP members against DG Police Kuldip Khoda and said that DGP being head of the State Security agency has full right to comment and assure State for the measures being taken. Repeated disruption in the House during the reply on the resolution of Murtaza Khan who sought impartial inquiry by sitting Supreme Court Judge on the Kashmir killings, irked the Minister and the Members from NC including M R Qureshi, Devinder Singh Rana, T S Wazir, Altaf Wani, Ajay Sadhotra, Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, M Y Taing, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Vijay Bakaya and others. Immediately after the objectionable remarks, which were expunged by the 'Chair' by Murtaza Khan, the NC members were at their feet. The PDP members also stood and heated exchanges echoed in the House, causing complete disruption in the business. The allegation and counter -allegation spree on both the sides continued for some time. PDP members held Late Abdullah responsible for the situation and killings in Kashmir while the NC members alleged that it was Mufti Sayeed who brought miseries for the people of Kashmir after 1989. Dy Chairman, Arvinder Singh stood up, rang bells several times and repeatedly requested the members to sit calm but some members Mr Qureshi and Mr Wani even came out in a fit of anger from their respective seats, speaking at the high pitch on the Opposition members. Mr Rana sought directions from the Chair and maintained that Mr Murtaza is in habit of using 'unparliamentary' words in the House and it was not for the first time. His behaviour can not be tolerated any more and directions should go from the Chair. He sought apology from the Member. Several other members demanded expulsion of the PDP member from the House. The Dy Chairman, however, issued last warning to the Member and asked him to mend his ways. Regarding inquiry, Mr Sagar said J&K Government has already ordered an inquiry in this regard and there was no need of any probe by SC judge. As the PDP and NPP have only 4 members in the House, the resolution moved by Murtaza Khan was defeated on the floor of the House. Earlier, besides Murtaza Khan, Sheikh Gulam Rasool and Abdul Ghani Vakil also spoke on the resolution pertaining to HR violations and killings in Kashmir.