Speaker serves breach of privilege notice to Lone on pro-Pak slogan

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 28: Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta today issued “breach of privilege’’ notice to former Speaker and National Conference three-time MLA from Sonawari, Mohammad Akbar Lone for raising slogan of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ inside the Assembly on February 10.
The “breach of privilege’’ notice to Lone has been issued on behalf of the Speaker by Legislative Assembly’s Additional Secretary, Manzoor Ahmad Baba vide letter No. LA: 204/PS/Legn/2018 dated February 26.
Through the notice, the Speaker has sought comments/facts from Mohammad Akbar Lone for objectionable expression—Pakistan Zindabad made by him in the Assembly on February 10.
Mohammad Akbar Lone, who has served as Speaker, Minister and Deputy Speaker, has been given seven days to give his comments for perusal.
Lone, had on February 10, shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ inside the Legislative Assembly when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs were raising slogans like ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ and ‘Pakistan Hai Hai’ in view of fidayeen attack on Sunjuwan Military Station on that day in which six Army soldiers, a civilian and three fidayeen were killed.
Lone had admitted outside the Assembly that he had shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan but maintained that it was in reaction to the Speaker’s remarks on Rohingyas and Bangladeshis linking them with the terror attack.
However, National Conference leadership including party president Dr Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah had distanced themselves from the remarks of Mohammad Akbar Lone.