Jammu, Even as soldiers were busy battling Pakistan-sponsored terrorists who had stormed into an Army camp here, former Speaker and National Conference (NC) MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone today sparked a nationwide outrage by raising pro-Pakistan slogans in the Legislative Assembly.
The Assembly plunged into a pandemonium after Lone raised the slogans to counter Speaker Kavinder Gupta, who had pointed finger of suspicion towards some foreign nationals, settled near the Sunjuwan Army camp for the incident.
Although the NC top leadership immediately disowned Lone’s remarks, the lawmaker brazenly vowed to repeat similar slogans to counter the BJP and other groups. “What is wrong in saying Pakistan zindabad?” Lone asked mediapersons, adding,“I am first a Muslim and then an Indian.”
As soon as the House assembled this morning, the ruling BJP membersraised anti-Pakistan slogans. Amid the din, the Speaker suspected involvement of some foreign nationals settled near the camp in the incident.
Soon after the Speaker’s observation, NC and Congress members also resorted to sloganeering. They demanded an apology from the Speaker for blaming foreign nationals of a particular community for the attack. The Opposition members trooped into the well of the House and Akbar Lone resorted to pro-Pakistan slogans.
Later, in an official handout, the government said as soon the House assembled here this morning, the legislators, cutting across the party lines, condemned the attack on the Army camp and demanded a statement from the government.
Amid the din, accusations and counter-accusations were made by the treasury and non-treasury benches, leading to heated arguments and contentious remarks by some members.
The remarks were, however, later expunged by the Speaker from the official record and the House unanimously urged the members to desist from making contentious statements on sensitive issues.
Governor, CM condemn attack
Jammu: Governor NN Vohra and CM Mehbooba Mufti have condemned the Sunjuwan attack. The Governor spoke to Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Northern Command chief, and condoled the death of the Army men. He wished speedy recovery to the injured. Vohra reiterated his advice on the need for an uncompromising audit of all security establishments. The CM took stock of the situation arising out of the attack at a high-level meeting of officers here on Saturday. Condemning the act, the CM described the attack as an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the state. She appealed to all sections of society to stand together and defeat the nefarious designs of the perpetrators. She paid tributes to the slain Army men and praised their valour. During the meeting, she was briefed about the ongoing operation at the spot to flush out the terrorists. She also reviewed the overall security situation in the state. TNS
Need to probe Rohingya role: BJP
Jammu: The BJP on Saturday condemned the attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp. Sunil Sethi, party chief spokesperson, said circumstances revealed that the attack could have been executed with local help and it was imperative to investigate and apprehend all such persons. He said the role of Rohingiya near the Sunjuwan area required to be seriously investigated.
NC disowns MLA’s remarks
Jammu: The NC disowned MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone’s utterances in the Assembly while terming them “completely unacceptable” to the party. NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted, “Just spoke to NC president Farooq Abdullah. He and the entire party is of the unequivocal stand that NC MLA from Sonawari Akbar Lone has spoken out of turn and his slogans in the Legislative Assembly are completely unacceptable to the party.”