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JKPDP protests attack in Gaza, stages walkout in LS

JKPDP protests attack in Gaza, stages walkout in LS

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party Monday voiced grave concern over killing of "innocent" people, including children, in Gaza following attacks by Israel and staged a walkout in Lok Sabha.

As soon as the House met for the day, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti wanted to raise the issue saying the House cannot remain silent over the killing of women, children and others in Gaza.

"Why are we silent? Whom are we afraid of? India is the only friend of Palestine since 1947. We have to condemn the attack. We have to discuss," she said, supported by party member Tariq Hameed Karra.

She was supported by E Ahamed (Indian Union Muslim League), Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress) and P Karunakaran (CPI-M).

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, did not allow her to raise the issue saying she can not allow any discussion on the subject without receiving any notice.

"This is not the way. This is not fair. You have not given any notice. I cannot allow," Mahajan said.

Unhappy with the Speaker's ruling, PDP members staged a walkout.

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