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Autumn session of J&K legislature begins on Oct 1

PTI  Srinagar, September 29, 2013
First Published: 17:56 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:59 IST(29/9/2013)

The autumn session of Jammu and Kashmir legislature, scheduled to begin tomorrow, is expected to be a stormy affair as opposition parties are planning to corner the Omar Abdullah-led government on issues related to human rights and security.

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The recent report about payoffs by the army to politicians in state is also going to figure prominently during the nine-day session.

"The army scam regarding political payoffs, human rights violations, corruption and lack of development are the main issues we shall raise during the session," PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said.

PDP, the main opposition party in state, plans to raise the issue of killings which took place in Shopian on September 7, which was followed by almost two weeks of curfew in wake of violent protests in the south Kashmir town, he said.

The other killings including that of two youth in the army firing in Sumbal area of Bandipora district on June 30 will also be raised to highlight the "dismal" human rights record of the National Conference-Congress-coalition government.

"Our main concern is the alienation of people in general and youth of Kashmir in particular due to the policies of the present government. Although three years have passed since the chief minister announced general amnesty for those involved in 2010 protests, the cases against youth have not been withdrawn so far," Akhtar said.

National Panthers Party (NPP) leader Harsh Dev Singh said there were many issues, which would be raised from infiltration of militants in Jammu and Kashmir to Kishtwar riots, Shopian and Gool killings.


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