‘Do You Want War With Pakistan’

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SRINAGAR: The PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir came under some strong pressure from the opposition Tuesday in the assembly over its ally BJP demanding airstrikes on Pakistan-based militant camps after Saturday’s attack in Pampore in which eight paramilitary soldiers were killed.

Opposition National Conference (NC) taking a dig at the BJP and accused it of creating “war hysteria” in the State.

The BJP legislator, Ravindra Raina, on Monday had demanded that Government should carry out aerial strikes on Pakistan army pickets in wake of repeated militant attacks in Kashmir that are consuming lives of government forces.

The NC MLA from Nagrota, Devendra Rana, accused the ruling BJP of creating “war hysteria” in the state. He said violent incidents take place along the borders when the government increases the number of troops. “Bullets are fired here (in Jammu and Kashmir) not in Nagpur,” Rana while referring to RSS headquarters said.

However, the comments of Rana infuriated the BJP MLAs on treasury benches who shouted down at the NC MLAs, resulting in uproar and pandemonium. Amid noisy scenes, the Speaker Kavinder Gupta intervened, saying the central government is capable of defeating Pakistani “designs” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dissatisfied with the Speaker’s intervention, the NC MLAs shouted slogans against the government and staged a walkout from the Lower House. However the MLAs walked in shortly.

Before the walkout, National Conference asked the PDP to clarify whether it wants war with Pakistan. The party’s Davinder Rana said: “BJP’s demand of bombing Pakistan has hit the people living on borders. They fear for their lives. The government should make a statement whether they want peace or war with Pakistan.”

As other NC legislators joined Rana and tried to corner the government, BJP legislators raised slogans and said the Opposition leader should go to Pakistan.

On Saturday, eight Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF soldiers were killed and 22 others were injured when terrorists ambushed a bus at Pampore, around 15 km from state capital Srinagar.

Since yesterday, BJP members have been demanding airstrikes in Pakistan to avenge the Pampore attack, which has been claimed by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, the outfit that also carried out the deadly 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

As the government declined to make a statement in house, National Conference members walked out of the house.

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