As Kashmir Suffers Under ‘siege’, Lawmakers ‘unconcerned’

As Kashmir Suffers Under ‘siege’, Lawmakers ‘unconcerned’

11 February 2014
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: While strict restrictions continued in Kashmir for the 3rd straight day on Tuesday, ‘intriguingly’ the elected representatives from the Valley preferred silence on the issue in the ongoing session of the state legislature. Even as both National Conference and Congress who are part of the coalition government kept mum on Kashmir situation the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and smaller parties also toed the government line. The authorities had enforced curfew like situation in most parts of Kashmir including the summer capital of Srinagar and major towns on Sunday, the first death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru of Sopore who was secretly hanged in Tihar jail for his role in parliament attack. On Monday, the first day of the budget session, most parts of Kashmir including the summer capital of Srinagar and major towns continued under ‘siege’, for the second continuous day. The restrictions continued in Kashmir today as well. But there was no word from any legislator, particularly from opposition PDP on the ‘grave’ situation. The House saw members disrupting proceedings over molestation charges against former junior Health Minister Shabir Ahmad Khan and government’s “unfair” distribution of administrative units in J&K, for the past two days, while keeping mum on the sufferings of the people in Kashmir amid restrictions. National Conference’s Mustafa Kamal said the situation in Kashmir was not the creation of the Government. “Both the PDP and the separatists have joined hands to create disorder, forcing government to impose restrictions,” he said and added; “Curbing the civil liberties has become a necessity for the government to protect life and property.” PDP legislator Javaid Mustafa Mir said they were having no information about the restrictions imposed by the authorities on peoples’ movement. “We heard there was a Hartal call (by separatists),” he said.