Protests in city over Akbar Lone’s pro-Pak slogans, terror attack

The pro-Pakistan slogans by former Speaker and National Conference (NC) MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone in the Assembly and the terror attack on the Sunjuwan Military Station have sparked widespread protests in the winter capital today.
The protesters demanded the expulsion of Akbar Lone and strict action against the terrorist organisations and its supporters.
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), which is the youth wing of the coalition partner BJP, staged a protest demonstration against NC legislator Akbar Lone on the recent statement given by him in which he was speaking in favour of Pakistan and tried to demoralise the security forces. A large number of protesters gathered at Kachi Chawni, Main Chowk, and showed their anger against the NC leadership.
Karan Sharma, BJYM state vice-president, said it was an unfortunate incident that people who had been given the Constitutional posts by the masses were speaking against the country and were trying to demoralise the work of our security forces. He said each and every nationalist of our state demands the expulsion of the NC MLA from the Assembly and all perks and allowances in any form should be immediately withdrawn from him. Moreover, a case of sedition should be registered against Lone, he added.
Meanwhile, Dogra Front and Shiv Sena workers, under the leadership of president Ashok Gupta, also took out a protest in the city against the terror attack on the Sunjuwan camp by burning the Pakistani flag and hurling shoes on a photograph of Akbar Loneon his slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in the Assembly on the day of attack.
The J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) also condoled the killing of Army personnel at Sunjuwan and demanded the Governor’s rule in the state. Addressing a condolence meeting, Prof Bhim Singh, chief patron, JKNPP, expressed shock on the brutal killing of Army personnel and a civilian in Jammu. The condolence message urged President Ramnath Kovind to go for the Governor’s rule in J&K, where the state government had totally failed to protect the lives of innocent people.
Dogra Brahmin Pratinidhi Sabha Parade also strongly condemned the barbaric act of the terrorists. Sabha president Ved Parkash Sharma said the attack was the handiwork of the “anti-national and anti-social” elements to disturb the peace in the region. India should give befitting reply to the enemy across the border, he said and termed the incident as “unfortunate”.