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BJP stages walkout against Pak's resolution on Guru

HT Correspondent  Jammu, March 15, 2013
First Published: 19:19 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(15/3/2013)

Taking strong exception to the resolution of Pakistan parliament condemning hanging of Afzal Guru, BJP demanded a resolution condemning this an act of interfering in the internal affairs of India and staged a walkout from the assembly as it was not allowed by the deputy speaker.

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"Pakistan got emboldened when members of the house, including ministers, used adjective 'sahib' with Guru, convicted and hanged for Parliament attack. What relation Pakistan has got with Guru, who was an Indian citizen," said senior BJP leader Ashok Khajuria.

"We will not allow the assembly to work if such words are again repeated again," said Khajuria.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah, including Speaker Mir Saif-ullah, had also used the term Guru 'Sahib', which had been objected by Congress cabinet minister Sham Lal Sharma.

Pakistan parliament had on Thursday passed a resolution condemning hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded handing over the mortal remains to his body. The resolution was passed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is boycotting the rest of the Budget session, ending on April 4, after home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said body would not be handed back, for which there is demand in a section of Kashmir, which is under curfew and strict restriction, after he was hanged on Feb 9.

BJP members raised the issue of resolution by Pakistan and demanded that J&K assembly should also pass a resolution condemning this resolution. They were also joined by MLAs of Panthers Party and independent MLA Ashwani Sharma and raised anti-Pak slogans.

BJP leader Jugal Kishore Sharma said: "India had made an offer to Pakistan to get back the body of Afzal Kasab convicted and hanged for Mumbai attack but it refused to do so.  But now why it's making an statement on internal issue of India?"

Deputy speaker Sartaj Madani said the assembly couldn't comment on the internal matter of Pakistan as the issue didn't concern the state.

The MLAs also raised the issue of non-presence of ministers and leaders at the wreath-lying ceremony of five CRPF personnel who died in a terrorist attack in Sriangar on Thursday.  They said it was an insult to the security personnel who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

The chief minister, who was not present at the wreath-laying ceremony in Srinagar, rushed to the airport to offer wreath after reports of anger by CRPF personnel were aired.


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