Jammu: The Fourth day of the ongoing budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly session began with noisy scenes on Wednesday with the Opposition demanding statement on Civilian killing in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Legislative Assembly, as the House assembled, National Conference, Congress, CPI (M) and others opposition members were on their seats drawing Speaker’s attention towards the civilian killing in south Kashmir.
Opposition entered the well of the House where they again raised slogans “ Stop Innocent Killing”, Qatil sarkar HiHi” “RSS sarkar HIHI” “Nagpur Sarkar HiHi” and Stop Human rights Violation in Kashmir.
NC Lawmaker Abdul Majeed Larmi holding a banner that said “stop innocent killings in Kashmir” and MLA Ganderbal Ishfaq Jabar Holding black banner that said that” Stop Human rights violation in Kashmir.”
MLA Pahalgam Altaf Kaloo shouted on Nayeem Akhter alleged that “you are the person who destroys government.”Ignored by the speaker the opposition Congress and National Conference (NC) members walked out of the House.
Later the National Conference and Congress decided to boycott Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s speech in the Assembly on the governor’s address, accusing her of failing to make a statement on the issue of civilian killings raised by them in the House.
“We raised the issue of civilian killings in South Kashmir in the House yesterday. The chief minister should have come to the House and made a statement on the issue. But she will come to house later (today) to give reply on the governor’s address…”
“So I will not listen to her address and will not be present in the House during the address,” leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah said in the Assembly as the Opposition continued protests and walked into the well of the House demanding that the chief minister make a statement on the issue.
Soon after the statement, Omar Abdullah and other Opposition members staged a walkout.
Later taking to reporters, Omar Abdullah said that they decided to stay away from the Assembly during the chief minister’s address.
He charged that the security situation was deteriorating in the state and the government had failed on all fronts.
“We had called for a separate discussion of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Congress and NC members brought adjournment motion for holding the discussion. They declined it,” the NC leader said.
“Yesterday, one youth was killed in Homshalibugh. We demanded a reply from the government. We wanted that the chief minister, who is also the home minister and head of unified command, should come to the House and reply,” he said.
Accusing the government of killing civilians, while referring to yesterday’s killing of 22-year-old in south Kashmir’s Khudwani, Omar said that the slain had no gun. “Yesterday, this person who was killed hadn’t picked up any gun. He had bullet on his throat. Even ruling minister acknowledged it. Are bullets fired on the ground or air? We wanted to ask CM,” he said.
3 aides of Junaid Sehrai arrested in Srinagar
‘Trio responsible for Jammu blast, firing at SPO’
Srinagar, Jul 23: Family’s efforts and timely intervention has paid off after three youth who had recently joined militant ranks were arrested in Srinagar, police said on Tuesday.
Asif Iqbal Dar, Shahid Hassan Dar both from Soura, and Rasheed Latief Mir from Barzulla were affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).
Addressing media persons, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said Asif was on their radar for a long time.
“We have been following him for a long time. He has been sharing incriminating material on social media to inspire youth to join militant ranks. One fine day, he went missing and reached Pulwama following which parents lodged an FIR in police station Soura,” Mughal said.
City police chief noted that efforts were made to trace the trio. “Help from other agencies was also sought. Ultimately all three of them reached their homes,” he said.
Mughal said that their questioning revealed how youth are being recruited into the militant ranks.
“All the three were in close contact with Junaid Sehrai, a militant from Srinagar. They were receiving instructions from him. Before their debut into militancy, they were asked to carry some attacks, which they did,” he claimed.
Mughal said the attack on Jammu Bus stand was the trio’s handiwork. “They also fired at SPO Roman Rashid at Barzulla. Interestingly, they were told not to kill him. They even lobbed a grenade on the CRPF vehicle at Barzulla even though we have no record. It might have not exploded,” he said.
The SSP said that youth were getting directions from Junaid Sehrai about the targets.
“For the time being, they were assigned smaller targets. Later they were supposed to get bigger targets. Some incriminating materials have been recovered from them including a grenade, some rounds and a flag of Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind,” he added.
Urging youth not to fall prey to militant conspiracies, he appealed them to concentrate on productive things.
“Life is precious and you should make best use of it. Use your mind on productive things,” he said.
Among others, Superintendent of Police (SP) West, Sudanshu Verma and SP South, Dr G V Sundeep were also present during the media conference.
Ready to assist India, Pak: US State Dept
Srinagar, Jul 23: After US President Donald Trump said that he would act as a mediator between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, the US State Department on Tuesday supported his statement and said that they were ready to assist in the matter.
“While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist,” a spokesperson for the US State Department said.
The spokesperson further went on to say that any successful dialogue between India and Pakistan was based on the latter’s efforts against terrorists on its territory.
“We believe foundation for any successful dialogue between India and Pakistan is based on Pakistan taking sustained and irreversible steps against terrorists on its territory. These actions are in line with PM Imran Khan’s stated commitments and Pakistan’s international obligations,” the spokesperson said.
He also said that the US will continue to support efforts to reduce tensions between the two countries.
“We will continue to support efforts that reduce tensions and create an environment conducive for dialogue. This first and foremost means tackling the menace of terrorism. As the President indicated, we stand ready to assist,” the spokesperson said.
On Monday, Donald Trump offered to mediate in Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan ‘if mediation is required’.
President Trump said this during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in White House in Washington DC on Monday.
Trump’s remarks created uproar on Twitter where users slammed him for interfering in the politics of the two countries.
India in the past has categorically denied any foreign help in the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan. India maintains that Kashmir dispute in an internal issue and will be resolved bilaterally with Pakistan.
Cong-JD(S) govt falls; Kumaraswamy loses trust vote
Bengaluru, Jul 23: The one-year-old coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular – teetering for weeks – collapsed on Tuesday, paving the way for the BJP’s return to power in Karnataka.
The coalition failed the floor test in the assembly, cobbling up only 99 votes in comparison to the 105 votes of the BJP, which later dubbed it a “Game of Karma”.
The demand for trust vote came as 16 legislators resigned and two Independents withdrew support to the government within a fortnight. The trust vote, pending since Friday, was held Tuesday evening after a back and forth between the Speaker, the coalition and the BJP – and prodding from Governor Vajubhai Vala – that stretched over a week.
“It is victory of democracy. People were fed up with Kumaraswamy government. I want to assure people of Karnataka that a new era of development will start now,” said state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, who is set to be the Chief Minister for the fourth time.
“It’s the victory of people of Karnataka. It’s the end of an era of corrupt & unholy alliance. We promise a stable & able governance to the people of Karnataka,” the state BJP tweeted.
The trust vote came after a tug of war between the ruling coalition and the BJP that even reached the Supreme Court. The debate extended over Monday and Tuesday despite Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s Monday deadline.
Ahead of Tuesday’s session, the Speaker made lacerating comments after seeing near empty treasury benches in the assembly. “Should this be the fate of the Speaker or the assembly?” Kumar demanded. “You will lose credibility, leave alone strength,” he said.
Last Friday, a trust vote could not be held despite two deadlines from the Governor. The house was adjourned after marathon speeches by Kumaraswamy and other coalition leaders. The BJP accused the government of delaying the trust vote with lengthy speeches in hopes of reprieve from the Supreme Court.
Kumaraswamy said he was “not particularly worried about the end of this debate” and that he would “happily give up… rather than all this”. “I have acted with decency. The last 14 months has been – ‘will they stay or will they go’ – and I thank my party leaders for staying through it all. The objections to us started on Day 1 of the coalition government,” he added.