Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today led the discussion in Rajya Sabha on the unrest in the Valley on the first day of Parliament’s monsoon session.”The situation in Kashmir is worse than what it was in 2008 and 2010,” Azad said, wondering what went wrong this year that more than 40 people have been killed since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani earlier this month.”The prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir has many aspects – the internal situation, the role of the state and central government, and external forces,” the Congress leader said.Azad also attacked the government for what he called the “heavy hand” of the state in dealing with protests and asked why the “common people were dealt in the same way as militants are”.”Should locals be treated in the same way we treat militants? Should same bullets that are used on militants be used on innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir? We stand with the government in ending militancy, but we don’t support this kind of treatment with the civilians,” Azad said in Rajya Sabha. JAITLEY’S RESPONSEIn response to Ghulam Nabi Azad, Rajya Sabha member Arun Jaitley said that the government formed in Jammu and Kashmir was dictated by election result and Congress did the same in the past. He said, “His alliance was not the real reason of disturbance in the valley or any TV show discussion caused disturbation,” adding “Reason is that Pakistan never reconcile the idea of creation of Jammu and Kashmir.”advertisementHe further said, “In Jammu and Kashmir, it is not a fight between BJP and Congress, but fight between the separatist and mainstream political parties.” He said, “It’s not fight between BJP and Congress, but separatist and mainstream parties.”Kashmir under curfew Meanwhile, curfew continued in all the ten districts of the Valley to curb the clashes in the aftermath of Wani’s killing.A ruling PDP MLA was injured in an attack by a stone pelting mob in Pulwama district. Newspapers failed to hit the stands for the third day following a controversial gag order issued by the state.
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