LA Ruckus Over Indus Water Treaty

LA Ruckus Over Indus Water Treaty

16 March 2012
Kashmir Observer


Jammu: The Legislative Assembly Thursday witnessed heated exchanges between a Peoples Democratic Party member on the one side and the speaker and Law minister on the other over the PHE ministerís remarks about the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan. The minister for PHE and Irrigation, Taj Mohi-ud-din, made a remark about the 1960 treaty over sharing of waters between India andPakistan while replying the debate on next financial yearís grants for his departments. The CPI (M) member, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami made some observations on water resources. Agreeing with his views, the PHE minister said the Indus Water Treaty was in no way harmful for Jammu and Kashmir. The minister also explained his standpoint over the treaty. At this, the PDP member from Bandipore, Nizamuddin Bhat, was on his feet objecting to the remarks made by the minister. However, the speaker, Muhammad Akbar Lone, did not allow him to speak while the Law minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar, too accused him (Nizamuddin Bhat) of created unnecessary ruckus in the House and asked him to keep quiet. This led to heated exchanges between Bhat on the one hand and speaker and Sagar on the other. Addressing the speaker, Bhat said the minister was within his right to comment on the IWT but he would like to know whether his remarks reflected the policy of the state government on the issue. 'In case these represent the governmentís standpoint, then we too have a right to present our views on the matter,' Bhat said. Turning to Taj Mohi-uddin, Bhat told him not to make any statement which contradicted the governmentís viewpoint on the Treaty. He said it was a sensitive issue on which there should be a discussion in the House. During his speech, the PHE minister again made a mention of what Nizamuddin Bhat had said to which the latter objected accusing Taj of attributing a wrong statement to him and that the records of proceedings in the House should be corrected accordingly. This led to heated exchanges again. At this, the speaker threatened Bhat to throw him out of the House in case he continued to behave like that. At this, Javed Mustafa Mir said it was an exchange of views between two friends to which Lone said it was between a member and the speaker.