J-K assembly lawmakers pass resolution asking India to resume talks with Pakistan


The state Legislative assembly of Jammu and Kashmir has passed a resolution asking Jammu and Kashmir government to urge central government to resume India – Pakistan dialogue process so as to maintain peace in the region particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.

The resolution also says the J&K government should urge the Modi lead Bhartiya Janta Party Government to take effective steps on Line Of Control firing, besides taking steps to ensure rehabilitation of victims of LoC firing.

Omar Abdullah’s governments’ move comes as a surprise as the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir clearly states that foreign affairs are not under the purview of the state government.

The BJP government had called off foreign secretary level talks with High commissioner of Pakistan Abdul Basit as he had called Kashmiri separatists for a meeting despite New Delhi’s strong objections.

Earlier, the resolution had been the cause of massive ruckus inside the state assembly. Devender Rana of the ruling National Conference (NC), who intended to table the resolution, was allowed by the chairman to speak on the resolution.

The move was opposed by Peoples Democratic Party and ruling National Confrence government leader Shahnaz Ganai saying that sufficient time had not been given to them to study the resolution. The move was also opposed by NC leader Shahnaz Ganai.

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