Upper house witness’s commotion 

Jammu: The Upper House on Monday witnessed noisy scenes after opposition members demanded arrest of Army major, against whom an FIR has been lodged, for killing two youth in Shopian.

Following the protest by opposition members in the House, the Chairman suspended the question Hour and allowed discussion Shopian killings.

The opposition as well as ruling party members condemned the killing of youth in Shopian by the Army and asked the government to take magisterial probe to its logical end.

Speaking during the discussion, NC MLC Qaisar Jamshid Lone said the government should complete the magisterial probe in a time bound manner.

“The army man whom FIR has been lodged and should be punished as well,” he said. The NC member also said the government of India should initiate a fruitful dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat conference to resolve a Kashmir issue.

“Talks should be initiated with all the stakeholders to find a solution to Kashmir issue,” he said.

Ruling BJP member, Sunil Ambardar during his speech accused Pakistan of making terrorism an official component of defense council saying that people in J&K are not allowed to negate the violence.

“We are bearing the brunt of influence of Pakistan here and we are not even able to say that we should negate the violence,” he said.

Ruling PDP MLC, Yasir Reshi condemned the killing of two youth in Shopian and said that the killings are unacceptable and cannot be justified in any case.

“But we should not make it an issue between Army and civilian or police and people however it has to be dealt logically,” he said. Reshi said nothing was achieved from the experiments made from past 80 years to resolve Kashmir issue but the spark among the youth continues to prevail.

“There is a dire need to initiate a dialogue, the same way as it was initiated by Vajpayee sahib. He (Vajpayee) had said that we can change friends or relatives but not neighbors,” Reshi said.

Meanwhile, opposition MLC G N Moonga accused the Army of getting involved in politics instead of taking care of borders.

The congress MLC while speaking during discussion on Shopian killings said the incidents of stone pelting and other law and order problem are to be taken care of by the state government but Army was getting involved unnecessarily.

“Situation is dealt by J&K government and Police but when it is given in the hands of army it results in killings which ultimately brings shame to Army which otherwise is a disciplined force,” he said.

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