Lok Sabha unanimously passes resolution on Kashmir, appeals for peace

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2016 14:39 IST
A curfew in downtown area of Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Voicing concern over prolonged curfew, violence and loss of lives in Kashmir, Lok Sabha unanimously passed a resolution on Friday, appealing for urgent steps to restore order and peace in the Valley and asserting that there can be no compromise with the country’s integrity and security.

In the resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the House appealed to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir to restore the confidence among the people.

The House “conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation”, it said.

Amid thumping of desks by members from all sides, the resolution asserted that the House “is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security”.

“It is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people,” it said.

The resolution was read out by the Speaker after opposition parties suggested that she, instead of home minister Rajnath Singh, should propose it.

Earlier, leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the House pass a resolution on Kashmir where the situation was turning complex and was deteriorating by the day.

The House should appeal that the whole nation is united on the issue, Kharge said. The suggestion was promptly agreed to by Singh.

Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia was seen having discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singh, apparently over the issue of adopting the resolution.

Earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha too had passed a resolution, expressing its serious concern over the prolonged turbulence, violence and curfew in Kashmir.

The Lok Sabha adopted the resolution unanimously before the monsoon session was adjourned sine-die by the Speaker.

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