Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit Tuesday batted strongly for grant of seats reserved in the state assembly to displaced people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Twenty-five seats are reserved for the people from that region.
State BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said after a long struggle of more than seven decades, “the time has come to do complete justice to the displaced persons of areas of J-K, which are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan, by providing legal and constitutional recognition to their rights.” The displaced people from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) should be granted these reserved seats in the assembly to choose their representatives here, he said.
There are over 20 to 25 lakh displaced persons of PaK living in the Jammu region since their migration over 70 years ago, and it was in 1951 that a constituent assembly was set up to frame a constitution for the state. The nation is bound by a parliamentary resolution of taking back areas of the state that are illegally occupied by Pakistan and China, Sethi said.
It is the right of the displaced persons from all these areas and their future generations to have the option of settling in their “heritage areas after those are freed (from Pakistan and China)”, he said. The BJP leader said the continued illegal occupation of these areas by the “two hostile neighbouring countries is defeat of peaceful coexistence.”
“World bodies should focus on this issue to force the return of the occupied territories to India and India should adopt all ways and means to reclaim its territories,” he said. Sethi noted that till the territories are reclaimed and the process of settlement starts, the rights of persons who have been displaced from PaK should be recognised and honoured to give them due place in representative governance.
This can be done by providing for separate seats in Parliament and the state assembly as also in the state legislative council for them, he said. “This will empower the community which has been suffering silently for more than seven decades”, Sethi said.
He also demanded reservation and creation of special seats in technical, higher and specialised education institutions for the children from the community to provide avenues for growth.
9 army soldiers injured in Pulwama IED blast
Srinagar, June 17: At least nine army men were injured in an IED blast at Aarihal village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday evening.
A police official said that around 06:00 pm militants triggered an IED planted on road side at Aarihal when the vehicle of 44 RR was crossing the area, causing injuries to at least nine soldiers.
Soon after the blast, militants fired upon the vehicle, the official said, adding that forces also returned the fire. “Initial reports reveal that the vehicle suffered extensive damage,” the official added.
The injured army men, according to the official, were immediately rushed to Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar. Three among the injured soldiers are stated to be serious, sources said.
Local residents of the area said that they heard a loud sound of the blast followed by firing which triggered panic in the area.
Soon after the incident, additional reinforcement of army, police and SOG was rushed to the spot and launched a massive search operation to nab the attackers.
Militant killed in Achabal gunfight
Srinagar: A militant was killed on Monday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of state police personnel surrounded the Bidoora village in Achabal area following information about the presence of militants.
“Hiding militants opened fire just as the cordon around them was being tightened. A militant was killed.Exact identities and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained,” a police officer said.
Forget about numbers, every word you say is valuable to us: PM to opposition
New Delhi:At the start of the first budget session of NDA 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a conciliatory note with the opposition asking the non-NDA players to shun their concern about numbers and trust that the opposition word is valuable for the government.
“A strong and active opposition is the sine qua non of a healthy democracy. I urge the opposition leaders to forget their concern about numbers. Every word the opposition says, every sentiment the opposition expresses is valuable to us. When we sit in MP’s chair, we no longer represent camps. I hope we can work neutrally for national good,” Modi said in his customary start of the session address.
He said the current session would present an occasion for everyone to know the new members.
“When the new members come new hopes and new dreams also come. Indian democracy’s strength is getting revealed in every election. The highest-ever women representation and enhanced women voting marked the just-concluded election. After many decades people elected a government with full majority and with higher mandate,” the PM said seeking opposition support in realising people’s dreams.
He said the experience in the past five years had been that whenever Parliament had functioned in a healthy environment many decisions of national well-being had been taken.
“Based on this experience I hope all parties will raise the bar for debates, will help take people-friendly decisions and work with us to realise people’s aspirations,” Modi said.
Referring to his “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas slogan”, the PM said the government would work towards its pledge.
“In democracy a strong and active opposition is essential and I hope the opposition leaders will cast away the concerns of numbers. For us their words and sentiments are valuable…I hope instead of getting divided into camps we will work neutrally to further the dignity of the House and national good,” the PM said.
He said he was hopeful that Parliament’s productivity would improve and everyone would see greater collective concern for national issues.
“I urge you all MPs to lift the quality of the debate though sometimes there’s no relation between creative debate and TRPs. Credible criticism of the government is welcome,” he said.
The PM has called a meeting of political parties leaders on Wednesday to discuss ‘one nation one election’ and a day later he will host a dinner for all MPs.
The Lok Sabha on Monday will witness oath-taking by new MPs. Pro tem speaker Virendra Kumar will administer the oath.
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