J&K Legislative Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging the government to resume the talks with Pakistan. The resolution was moved by Chairman of the Council Amrit Malhotra on behalf of the house.
“The house resolves that the state government must urge the union government to resume process of India-Pakistan dialogue to ensure peace and stability in the sub-continent in general and Jammu and Kashmir in particular,” Malhotra said who read the resolution before the council. “The house unanimously resolves that the state government shall urge the union government to take effective steps for prevention of LoC firing, which has caused huge loss of life and property in the affected areas”.
On Wednesday, the National Conference legislator Davender Rana had tabled the resolution. But the legislators had opposed the resolution saying they didn’t get enough time to go through Rana’s resolution. And on Thursday, the chairman himself moved the resolution.
The resolution also recommended state government should take steps for the relief and rehabilitation. “The house also recommends that the state government should take immediate steps for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of LoC firing and shall provide all required help and facilities to them in this regard,” it said.
Earlier when the chairman had moved the resolution in the morning, three different members of the council had brought the amendments. The amendments were withdrawn later and the resolution was passed unanimously.
Talking to media after passing of the resolution, NC legislator Rana said that steps should be initiated to bring normalcy back on the line of control. “It is need of the hour that talks should be resumed,” he said.
The government also informed the Council that 78 ceasefire violations have taken place this year so far. Most of these violations have taken place in Jammu region.
By Adil Akhzer
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