Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mehbooba Snatches Speaker’s Mike; Forced Out; Omar Says Govt Ready For Shopian Debate
NASEER A GANAI
The trouble started immediately after an obituary reference was moved to pay tributes to former legislators who had passed away since the last session. However, NC leader and MLA Handwara, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, sought the attention of the House towards the destruction caused by a windstorm in Handwara Sunday.
Simultaneously, the BJP state president, Ashok Khajuria, and some of his party colleagues sought explanation from the government for subjecting their bags to security check.
But when PDP members saw Ramzan speaking, they interrupted him. The BJP joined the PDP. However, BJP legislators backed off when PDP started moving towards the well of the House raising slogans “Shopian Kay Qatiloon Ko Pesh Karo (Bring the Shopian murderers to book).”
The continuation of slogans angered Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone and he repeatedly directed the marshals to push the agitating legislators out of the House.
Meanwhile, the BJP too stepped in and raised slogans demanding
However, as Mehbooba continued to raise slogans in the well, the Speaker directed the marshals, “Take this woman out.” The Speaker repeated the directions many times, referring to Mehbooba Mufti as “this woman.” Angry Mufti rushed towards the Speaker and pulled out his microphone, throwing it on the floor.
After this, Mehbooba was forcibly sent out of the House by two women employees of the Assembly secretariat. The BJP and Panthers Party legislators, who were too shouting slogans, were also pushed out of the Assembly.
When calm was restored in the House with the ouster of the Opposition, CPI(M) State secretary Muhammad Yousuf Taragami spoke on the obituary reference. He described the action of the Opposition uncalled for and regrettable. In a sarcastic tone, Taragami said some members with the intention to grab headlines trampled the dignity of the House. But he urged the Speaker that the ousted members should be allowed to return. The Speaker conceded the request and ordered that members be allowed to come back. But none of them returned.
The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in his obituary speech, said the Opposition should have waited for a day. He said it would have been better had the Opposition allowed members to pay homage to former MLAs. The Chief Minister said his party was in Opposition for six years but ‘we have not behaved the way in which the Opposition behaved today.’ He said standing on the benches and snatching the microphones wouldn’t serve any purpose. He said it would have been better to raise these issues in right manner and at the right time.
The Chief Minister said his government was ready for discussion on every issue and ‘we don’t shy away from anything.’
The Speaker, while concluding the day’s proceedings, assured the legislators that he would behave in a non-partisan manner. He however warned the members of severe action in case they failed to behave. “I won’t do anything to safeguard the treasury benches. But I have vast powers and I am within my right to take action against anyone who disturbs the functioning of the House,” he said.
• While speaking on the obituary reference in the Legislative Council, MLC Muhammad Rafiq Shah repeatedly said Bhim Singh was under arrest for three days in New Delhi. However, he was reminded that he was supposed to pay homage to dead legislators and Bhim Singh was still alive.
• The Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone said there was no harm in checking the bags of the legislators for security reasons when the BJP state president Ashok Khajuria raised the issue. When Khajuria described it as an insult and accused government of harassing the legislators, the Speaker said it was being done on the directions of Assembly Secretariat.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
From pulpit of grand mosque of Kashmir, Mirwaiz says
Asks US to shun indifference & intervene to resolve K-dispute
Naseer A Ganai
Srinagar, July 17: On US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India, the All Party Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today asked the United States to shun its ‘indifference’ towards Kashmir and pressurize India and Pakistan to resolve the long standing dispute. ‘By using indiscriminate force on peaceful protesters,’ he said
“Kashmir is not a religious issue, it is not an issue of terrorism or extremism, it is a political dispute and the
Released from days of house arrest on July 14, Mirwaiz said Kashmiris have launched a peaceful political movement and the
He reiterated that Kashmir struggle shouldn’t be linked with terrorism or extremism and accused the government of
He said the
The five-point proposal includes repeal of draconian laws, withdrawal of troops, cross LoC trade, putting J&K under control of temporary administration.
He said the government was fearing people of Kashmir and it doesn’t allow any assembly apprehending rightly that people would voice their aspirations and it would resonant in international forums. “Government is suffering from people phobia,” Mirwaiz said. He regretted that after 9/11 there has been indifference towards human rights. “We want US to break its silence on the issue of human rights violation,” he said.
He condemned the government for keeping the leadership in jails, under house arrest and ‘subjecting Kashmiris to constant siege.’ “But how long will you keep us under siege,” he asked the government. He said
The Hurriyat chairman, however, was cautious in response to resumption of dialogue process between
Nearly eight months after the Mumbai attacks, the India-Pakistan dialogue was back on track on Thursday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani at Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt.
‘Criminal elements in movement’
Mirwaiz said some elements having criminal bent of mind were creating fear among people in the name of freedom struggle. “They loot shopkeepers, torch vehicles, take away mobiles from people,” he said. He said gondaism in the garb of the movement wouldn’t be tolerated. He said these elements would not be allowed to create scare in the society. He said coming out on roads and raising slogans for right to self-determination was an aspect of the movement and it would continue. “But the criminal elements defaming the struggle have to be isolated. He said Kashmiris were fighting for Azadi and “our fight is based on certain principles. Azadi without principles won’t lead us anywhere.”
Mirwaiz on society and marriages:
Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over, what he said, ‘growing waywardness, corruption, materialism and ostentation’ in Kashmiri society. He said for past 20 years Kashmiri nation suffered a lot. “There is no village, there is no area in
“We receive marriage invitation cards costing Rs 2500. I too received one invitation card for attending a marriage ceremony. It carried several things along, including dry fruits,” Mirwaiz said. He described ostentation and materialism as dangerous tools to bring chaos in the society that is ‘reeling under massive State oppression.’ “Far greater responsibility lies on us to help our brethren who have suffered economic, personal, educational loss in past 20 years. And there are thousands of such families in
He said teenage murders and other crimes should force us to ponder and think over seriously about the issues. He said parents must take responsibility of their children and see which way they were going. “The incidents of Maisuma and Varmul are disturbing and speak volumes about the way society is going,” he said. “Over the years we as a nation have failed to create institutions, instead whatever institutions we had, we made them defunct.” He said institution-building should get a priority and asked the government employees to show seriousness in their work instead of bothering about sixth and seventh pay commission.