LS passes resolution on Kashmir, appeals for peace

Lok Sabha today unanimously passed a resolution, appealing for urgent steps to restore order and peace in the valley.

Published: 12th August 2016 01:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2016 01:51 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Voicing concern over prolonged curfew, violence and loss of lives in Kashmir, Lok Sabha today unanimously passed a resolution, appealing for urgent steps to restore order and peace in the valley while asserting that there can be no compromise with the country's integrity and security.

In the resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the House appealed to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular.

The House "conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation," it said.

Amid thumping of desks by members from all sides, the resolution asserted that the House "is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security.

"It is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people," it said.

The resolution was read out by the Speaker after opposition parties suggested that she instead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh should propose it.

Earlier, leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the House pass a resolution on Kashmir where the situation was turning complex and was deteriorating by the day.

The House should appeal that the whole nation is united on the issue, Kharge said which was promptly agreed to by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Earlier Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia was seen having some discussions with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister, apparently over the issue of adopting the resolution.

Earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha too had passed a resolution expressing its serious concern over the prolonged turbulence, violence and curfew in the Kashmir valley.

The Lok Sabha adopted the resolution unanimously shortly before the monsoon session was adjourned sine-die by the Speaker.

After the resolution was adoped, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay remarked that this is the second incident in a week when the House has shown unanimity. Earlier, such unanimity was seen during passage of the long-pending Constititional Amendment Bill on GST Monday.

The resolution asserted that the House "is of the firm and considered view that while there cannot be any compromise on national security, it is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people."

The House "earnestly appeals to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir and India, to work for the early restoration of normalcy and harmony and unanimously resolves to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular," it said.

Before the House took up the resolution, Bandyopadhyay sought to raise the issue of early clearance of MGNREGA arrears. He was, however, not allowed by the Speaker.

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