JK Assembly Votes For Indo-Pak Talks

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir state Legislative Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution remarking that dialogue between India and Pakistan must be resumed at an earliest.

The resolution brought in by the chairman of the council,  stressed that the loss of human life must be stopped along with the damage in the property so that  ensure peace and stability in the subcontinent in general and the state of Jammu & Kashmir in particular could prevail at large.

 The ruckus was witnessed in the upper house of the state legislature over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and also over the loss of human lives and property at the border.

On August 26, legislator and PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar stressed that resolution must be passed in the house so that a message could be sent to both India and Pakistan that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not the mere statistics but the human being and that the humanitarian crises at the border must be stopped. NC’s Devender Singh Rana seconded Akhtar at that time with both the legislators maintaining that no one will be allowed to play politics over the escalating Indo-Pak tensions. The duo was referring BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in the border areas of Jammu.

On Thursday, Devender Singh Rana of ruling National Conference (NC) was allowed by the chairman of legislative council to speak on the resolution. Soon after Rana began to speak, Peoples Democratic Party legislators stood on their seats, asserting that sufficient time had not been given to them to study the resolution.

NC legislator Shahnaz Ganai also opposed the move, saying that Rana had been allowed to table the resolution while her motion on concerned issues was ignored by the house. Amid uproar, NC’s Davindar Singh Rana left the house.

Meanwhile, the council stated that the house unanimously resolves that the state government shall urge the Union Government to take effective measures for the prevention of LOC firing which has caused huge loss of life and property in the affected areas.

The house also recommended that the state government should take immediate steps for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of LOC firing and shall provide all required help and facilities to them in this regard.

The state government in its figures stated that since 2009, 156 ceasefire resolutions on International border in Jammu and Kashmir and on LoC 268 ceasefire resolutions have taken place in Jammu region since 2009 while as in Kashmir the number of ceasefire volitions from 2009 to August 25 are 50 in number. The government informed that  overall 474 cease fire violations  have been reported both at the international border and along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.    

It maintained further that nearly 5000 families of 21 villages in R.S.Pora, 9 villages in Bisnah and 15 villages in Jammu Tehsil which fall within one km distance from International   border have been affected.

The government said that between July 16 this year to August 25, two civilians in R.S Pora and one security personal in Arnia, Jammu have lost their lives. 12 civilians have also been injured along with five security personnel.  Eight animals have been killed while as 13 have been injured.  The data informs that six houses have been damaged due to firings.

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