Senior NC lawmaker chants ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in IHK Assembly

OCCUPIED SRINAGAR: A senior lawmaker of the National Conference and former speaker of the State Assembly , Mohammad Akbar Lone has raised pro-Pakistan slogans in the Assembly after BJP members condemned the neighbouring country over the militant attack on the Sunjwan Army camp.

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“I am a Muslim first. My sentiments were hurt when they (BJP MLAs) were shouting “Pakistan Murdabad” slogans. I couldn’t control my emotions and raised Pakistan Zindabad slogans,” Lone told the reporters.

As soon as the House assembled, legislators cutting across party lines, condemned the attack and demanded a statement from the government.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta made remarks blaming Rohingya Muslims for the attack which led to high-pitched sloganeering against Pakistan by the BJP members.

NC legislators Javed Rana, Ali Mohd Sagar, Akbar Lone, Abdul Majid Larmi and others trooped into the well of the House seeking an apology from the speaker.

Meanwhile, the BJP intensified anti-Pakistan sloganeering and in response, an angry Lone stood up and shouted pro-Pakistan slogans. The situation in the House then became chaotic and Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the House.

Talking to reporters, Lone said he had shouted pro-Pakistan slogans only in reaction to the BJP which, he said, had shown that they hate Muslims.

“Yes, I said it. It is my personal view, I said it in the house and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with it” said Akbar Lone on shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad ‘.

Earlier, the House was adjourned amid chaos over Speaker’s controversial remarks in which he accused Rohingyas for the attack on army’s Sajwan camp on the outskirts of Jammu.

Agencies

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