The Jammu and Kashmir legislators on Monday called on New Delhi to review ties with Washington DC and condemned the decision of the Dujail Court for executing the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
The upper house of the state legislature on Monday expressed sorrow and anguish over the execution of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the Members of the Legislative Council welcomed the stand taken by New Delhi over his execution.
The legislators were speaking on the first day of the budget session in the winter capital Jammu, which was chalked ahead of the financial year beginning March-April, a first in the history of Indian legislature.
Opposition National Conference MLC Bashir Ahmad Naaz said, "Saddam Hussein's hanging by the US-influenced Iraq court is inhuman. The Iraqi leader's execution was unfortunately carried ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha."
He also called for an investigation into Saddam's execution by an international organisation.
Ruling Congress MLC Ashok Sharma applauded the role of New Delhi for taking a stand against the execution of Saddam Hussein. "India has always condemned such developments. Be it the killing of Saddam or apartheid in South Africa, we've always raised voice against the evil," Sharma said.
He also called upon New Delhi to change its foreign policy and take note of the "US dictatorship attitude".
However, it was the coalition ally, Peoples Democratic Party MLC Nizamuddin Bhat who charged the atmosphere with in his fiery speech. He termed Saddam an innocent victim of US aggression.
"Our party stands against the human rights violations wherever they happen. There is a need for a proper judicial process everywhere in the world. Today the concept of universalisation is coming up. His execution was a subversion by the US and the world has already expressed anger against it," Bhat said.
Minister for Roads and Buildings Gulchain Singh Charak, Lal Mohammad
Sabir, Abdul Rehman Tuckroo, Mohammad Rashid, Farida Mir, Ghulam
Mohammad Sofi, Nazir Ahmad Mir, Bilal Ahmad Lodhi and Abdul Gani Vakil
also paid tributes to Saddam and the three ex-legislators.
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