PDP fails to table self rule proposal in J-K assembly

PDP lost its chance to introduce the proposal which advocates shared sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan,in the legislative assembly.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Jammu | Published:March 2, 2009 9:50 am

After the lack of quorum in the legislative council due to which Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) couldn’t table its self rule proposal in the state legislative council,the party has also lost the chance to introduce the proposal which advocates shared sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan,in the legislative assembly.

Sources said that the PDP has been conveyed by the officials of the assembly secretariat that two of its resolutions which were to be taken up didn’t come in the draw of lots. The party had,besides the resolution on self rule,also filed a resolution on the demilitarisation of the Jammu and Kashmir state before the assembly secretariat.

“We were informed by the assembly secretariat that the resolutions didn’t come up through the draw of lots,” said PDP general secretary,Nizamudin Bhat.

However sources in the PDP say that instead of using the draw of lots as a procedure for taking up the resolutions,it should have been on the basis of importance of the resolutions that they should have been taken up in the legislative assembly.

However officials in the assembly secretariat,who didn’t want to be quoted,said,“They have only followed a procedure and even the PDP was given a notice and it was informed about the date by which the draw of lots were to be finalised.”

However the PDP resolution which even advocates self rule as the only viable solution to the Kashmir issue also focuses on an Indo-Pak arrangement in which the two parts of Kashmir enjoy an economic integration and also seeks the creation of a cross-LoC regional council with elected representatives from either part of Kashmir and representatives from India and Pakistan as its members.

However even as PDP has lost the chance for taking up the self rule proposal in the legislative assembly,it plans to re-introduce the self rule resolution in the upper house.

“Our resolution advocates that self rule is the only viable solution to the Kashmir problem. The tabling of the self rule proposal in the legislative council was scuttled by the NC which managed that there was no quorum in the legislative council,said PDP MLC,Murtaza Khan.

He also added that government had brought pressure on the Secretary of the Legislative Council asking him that the resolution should not be allowed to be tabled in the legislative council.

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