With curfew in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir having now stretched to one month, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha on Monday asked the government to initiate a political process to normalise the situation and not treat it as a law and order issue.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said independent India had never seen the imposition of curfew for such a long period in any area. He wanted the Prime Minister to make a statement on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the entire country was eager to know what his government was doing.
“We want to awaken this government…we feel that the government and the Prime Minister are like silent spectators as the situation keeps deteriorating,” Azad said during the Zero Hour.
“Hindustan ka taj jal raha hai aur uski garmi Dilli tak nahi pahunchti (India’s crown is in flames and the government in Delhi seems unmoved),” Azad said.
His views were supported by many members in the Opposition, some of whom also demanded a ban on the use of pellets on protestors which has led to a number of eye injuries.
Azad said over 8000 people, including security personnel, has been hurt in the violence in the past one month, following the death of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani. He said 410 surgeries had been performed for eye injuries while 1650 other surgeries had also been done. Over 1000 young people had been arrested, he claimed.
Azad said the Prime Minister must immediately call an all-party meeting to discuss the situation in Kashmir, followed by the visit of an all-party delegation to the valley.