Published: Sun, February 11, 2018

National Conference MLA raises pro-Pak slogan in J&K Assembly

National Conference MLA raises pro-Pak slogan in J&K Assembly

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday termed "pro-Pakistan" slogans raised by Mohammad Akbar Lone, an MLA of his party, as misplaced but accused the BJP of obfuscating the issue of the security of the state.

In wake of the terror attack at the Army headquarters at Jammu's Sunjwan, BJP MLAs chanted the anti-Pakistan slogans in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

Lone, however, defended his action, saying he was "provoked" by the BJP to raise slogans in favour of Pakistan.

Fighters stormed an Indian army camp early on Saturday in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK), killing two army personnel and wounding nine people, a military spokesman said.Two fighters had also been killed as of Saturday evening - the men wore fatigues and carried assault rifles, a large amount of ammunition and hand grenades - said the spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand.

"The party disowns and condemns his remarks", he added. He then made certain remarks on the attack that led to uproarious scenes from the Opposition benches, which demanded that the Speaker withdraw his words. Nothing will happen by shouting anti-Pakistan or pro-Pakistan slogans.

Abdullah, in a series of tweets, said, "You (BJP) let us worry about the MLA".

As the exchanges heated up further, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

The remarks were, however, later expunged by the Speaker and the House unanimously urged the Members to desist from making contentious statements on sensitive issues.

Later, the speaker expunged his remarks. "Dr. Sahib and the entire party is of the unequivocal stand that NC MLA from Sonawari Mr Akbar Lone has spoken out of turn and his slogans in the Legislative Assembly are completely unacceptable to the party", Mattu twitted. In a tweet, Omar said: "Totally endorse my Party President's views outlined in these two tweets". In a tweet, NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said party president "Just spoke to chief NC Farooq Abdullah sahib".

Meanwhile, NC Working President said that focus needs to be on the attack and not distracted by slogans.

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