NC MLAs walk out of J&K Assembly following uproar over security situation

National Conference (NC) MLAs cornered the Mehbooba Mufti-led government over the deteriorating security situation in J&K.

Srinagar: Cornering the Mehbooba Mufti-led government over the deteriorating security situation in the state, the National Conference (NC) MLAs on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

The legislators of the opposition party demanded a statement from the state government regarding the steps being taken to ensure the safety of people.

National Conference MLA Devinder Singh Rana told ANI the protection of Jammu and Kashmir is the state government's responsibility.

"The government should give us a statement as to what is the security situation is the state, what are the steps the government intends to take to ensure that the people are safe. It is the government duty," he added.

Eight CRPF personnel were martyred and 24 others injured in an encounter in Pampore earlier on Saturday.

Saturday's attack was the fourth one on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this month. At least 17 security personnel were killed and several others injured in the last three major strikes along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway during the period.

Officials say infiltration has increased compared to the previous year with more than 50 terrorists crossing the border in the last five months. Last year, there was zero infiltration in the first four months.

It underlined that China's action is based on "international norms, but India's reaction seems to indicate that their national interests can override principles recognised by the world.”

On India gaining entry into the the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), it said MTCR has absorbed India as a new member, and denied China's access.

"But the news didn't even make a ripple among the Chinese public. The Chinese have become more mature in dealing with these setbacks caused by international relations," the daily said.