J&K govt grounds PDP resolution on summer unrest in Valley

Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday grounded a resolution by Opposition PDP, seeking an enquiry commission headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe last year`s summer unrest in the Valley.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday
grounded a resolution by Opposition PDP, seeking an enquiry
commission headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe
last year`s summer unrest in the Valley.
Amid noisy scenes in the Legislative Council, PDP
member Murtaza Ahmed Khan moved a private member`s resolution
in the Upper House for a commission of inquiry headed by a
sitting judge of Supreme Court be constituted to probe the
unrest in which 104 civilians were killed, last year.

Blaming the state government for high level alienation
in the Valley due to killings, Khan said that it has failed to
bring to book the culprits involved in the killings despite
ordering probes and setting up commissions.

He batted for setting up of the commission which will
"freely and fairly probe and order punishment to those
responsible as it would not be influenced by the government."

Replying to the motion, Minister for Law and
Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar opposed the
resolution, saying that the government headed by Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah has always reiterated its "zero
tolerance to any human rights violations or custodial killings
in the state."
He said that government had initiated probes and set
up a three-member commission of inquiry to look into the
killings during the summer unrest and action has been taken on
such reports till now.

Launching a counter attack on PDP and its patron Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed, Sagar said he was responsible for "eruption
of militancy in the Valley."

After over ten minutes of debate, with a voice vote,
the resolution fell in the council as Khan pressed for its
passage in the House.

PTI