Kashmir assembly rocked over Dar's killing
9 February 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly Friday began on a stormy note with the house taking up the killing of counter-insurgent leader Mohammad Yusuf Dar a day earlier.Several members of the People's Democratic Front (PDF), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jammu State Morcha raised the issue of the Thursday killing on the last day of the budget session of the state legislature.Alleging that 'pro-India voices were being silenced in Jammu and Kashmir', they demanded to know what steps the state was taking to protect such voices in the state.Ex-minister, a former militant and now a member of the house Usman Majid said there was a 'systematic annihilation of counter insurgents who helped to bring about change in the situation'.Consumer Affairs Minister Taj Mohi-ud- Din, who was replying to questions on behalf of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Friday said the government was seized of the matter. 'This case will be investigated by a special team of police,' he said after the house lost over 15 minutes in noisy demonstrations.