PDP waiting for CM to respond in 24-hours
Chief Minister had claimed that if the legislators give him a written statement for withdrawing their security, he would write to New Delhi to start demilitarisation of the state.Updated: Feb 08, 2007, 01:51 IST
Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra on Wednesday said that after the Peoples
Democratic Party legislators had offered to withdraw their securities, the party was now waiting to see how Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad would respond in the next 24-hours.
"The chief minister must not have joked on the floor of the house. Now we are waiting for his response," he said talking to reporters outside before entering the Legislative Assembly complex.
Chief Minister had claimed that if the legislators give him a written statement for withdrawing their security, he would write to New Delhi to start demilitarisation of the state.
Karra tried to clarify that PDP was not indulging in political gimmickry. "When we were leading the state government, Mehboobaji had taken up the case even then and its was because of it that around 10,000 troops had been withdrawn from the state," he said.
Former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig in his address in the State Legislative Assembly during the question hour demanded a judicial inquiry into all the killings during the last 17-years of turmoil in the state.
"Bring out all the skeletons," Beig said terming the state police involved in fake encounters a bunch of "scoundrels and murderers".
"Too many secrets are buried in our soil." 'Jo Chup Rahe Gi Zuban-e-Khanjar, Lahoo Pukarai, Aasteen Ka'," he said.
Reacting to the statements of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) MLA Harsh Dev Singh and National Conference MLA Nazir Gurezi in the state Legislative Assembly Beig said that offering to surrender their security was not a drama.
"Nobody plays with his life. We are ready to take risk for a great cause and are taking the chief minister's statement seriously," he said.
Commenting on the National Conference president Mehbooba Mufti's statement that the PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti were national assets and that their security was of concern, Beig said withdrawal of troops from the state in a phased manner is the demand not only of PDP but also of National Conference, Hurriyat and many other political organisations. All of us demand the withdrawal of draconian laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, said Beig. "We are not trying to play politics, NC too should not," he said
adding that the human rights violations during Governor's time were more, lesser during the National Conference time and even more lesser now.
Earlier, JKNPP MLA Harsh Dev Singh said that the clouds of uncertainty were hovering over the coalition government's fate. He said that the tug of war between Congress and PDP in the Legislative Assembly and media had arisen questions whether this government was going to last its full term or the political parties prepare for the assembly elections.
National Conference senior leader Mustafa Kamal told newspersons that by deciding to surrender their security PDP was only trying to gain political mileage. "The AFSPA which PDP is today calling to withdraw was implemented by the Centre at the insistence of the then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and soon after the Act was implemented, security killed 57 innocent civilians while they had taken out a procession," Kamal said.