Uproar in J-K assembly over PDP's demands for discussion on Afzal Guru

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 07:47 hrs

Jammu: Pandemonium erupted in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after legislators of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed anger over not being allowed to discuss the execution of Kashmiri militant Afzal Guru for an attack on the parliament in 2001.

The PDP legislators shouted anti-government slogans over Afzal Guru's execution.

The uproar took place after National Panthers Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were demanding a discussion on two police constables who were gunned down by militants in the state, whereas the PDP stressed on discussing Guru's hanging.

The President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday lashed out at other political parties in the house for scuttling discussion on Guru and the contentious issue of handing over the mortal remains to his family.

"Earlier when there was debate over the clemency petition of Afzal Guru before him being executed, political parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party had created an uproar in the house and tried to sabotage the topic of discussion. We have been waiting to discuss the issue of Afzal Guru for four days now, but we have not been allowed to do so. The chief minister of Kashmir and the federal government have to decide whether the Kashmir assembly is a part and parcel of the Indian democracy," said Mufti.

Earlier in February, curfew was imposed in the state and separatist outfit, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had called for a shutdown in the wake of Guru's execution.

The execution took place on Saturday (February 09) after the president rejected a mercy petition from Mohammad Afzal Guru and he was hung in the morning on Saturday. (ANI)

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