Srinagar: The nine-day autumn session of
Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly began on Monday with the
House paying homage to former legislators from the state who
have died since the last session held in April.
Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone moved the obituary reference
for former Speaker of the state Assembly Ghulam Mohammad Mir
Rajpori, former legislators Sadiq Ali, Ahmadullah Azad and
Nazir Ahmad Mir.
Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, PDP leader Mehbooba
Mufti, BJP leaders Chaman Lal Gupta and Jugal Kishore, CPI(M)
leader M Y Tarigami, Congress leader Mohammad Sharief Niaz and
Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid paid tribute to these
former members of the state legislature.
Rashid urged the House to also include the civilians
killed in militancy-related violence or at the hands of
security forces in the obituary references in future.
The House observed two minutes of silence as a mark of
respect for the departed souls.
The nine-day session of the Assembly is expected to be
stormy as several controversial issues are scheduled to be
discussed and debated.
Issues relating to the clemency plea for Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru, unmarked graves, human rights
violations and corruption are likely to dominate the
proceedings from tomorrow.