Oppn forces speaker to adjourn house
Noisy protests by members of the Opposition forced the speaker to adjourn the House on Tuesday. During the beginning of the proceedings, PDP members accused government of slapping FIR on youths for their involvement in violence at Lalpora, Lolab.
PDP member Abdul Haq Khan stood on his seat and alleged, "Without any fault or evidence of their involvement in violence in Lolab, government has lodged FIR against them. It is serious issue as their career is at stake."
Shouting anti-government slogans, PDP members trooped towards the front row of the House. Simultaneously, BJP members led by Ch Sukhnandan too stood on their seats, demanding reservation for Jats in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP members shouted, "Give reservation to Jats", while PDP members demanded, "Take back FIR lodged against youths".
Speaker Mubarak Gul, in order to pacify the agitating PDP members, said, "Government will talk to the deputy commissioner concerned. You have raised your issue; now let the home minister gather the information from the ground."
BJP members Ch Sukhnandan, Sham Chowdhary and Bharat Bushan then trooped to the well of the House and staged a sit-in.
Finding it difficult to restore order in the House despite number of attempts, the speaker adjourned the house for 20 minutes.
There was no letup in the protest by PDP members even after the resumption of the proceedings, as they again stood on their seats.
The speaker said, "Minister is gathering the information, maintain order." However, PDP member Abdul Rehman Veeri said, "It is not a matter limited to a particular area; it pertains to entire House. This is issue of wrong FIRs."
Another PDP member, Nizam-ud-Din Bhatt while pointing out that "do not link the issue with a single incident" trooped to the front row along with other members.
Miffed over continuous disruptions, the speaker said, "I do not understand why you are disrupting question hour even when I have told you that minister is gathering the information and will reply soon. Your (PDP) everyday affair of disrupting the question hour shows how concerned you are for the people who have sent you here."
"Your protests are only for the gallery, to get coverage from media," he said. The speaker asked minster of state for home Sajjad Kichloo to find out the facts from local administration at Lalpora. Meanwhile, minister of state for PHE Nazir Gurezi accused the PDP of playing to the gallery.
Higher education minister Mohd Akbar Lone accused PDP of enacting drama in the House every day.
Social welfare minister Sakina Itoo alleged that the PDP had converted the question hour into zero hour.
After continuing noisy protest for almost entire question hour the PDP staged walkout from the House.
The speaker while refuting the allegations levelled by the PDP that they are not allowed to raise issues of public importance, said, "I have allowed both PDP members Rafi Ahmaed Mir and Abdul Haq Khan to highlight their issues. It is not true that they were not allowed to speak."