KL News Network
National Conference MLCs Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Basheer Ahmed Veeri both stayed out of the Legislative Council after having sought introduction of two bills separately for amending the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act-1978.
Precedence has been that the MLCs staging walkout return to the house once the question hour is over. But the NC MLCs didn’t return even though Deputy Chairman Jahangir Mir twice called out name of Qaiser Jamsheed Lone for returning to the house and moving the bill. But neither he nor Bashir Veeri returned to the house. They had sought amendments in the Public Safety Act.
Qaiser had sought substitution of clauses (a), (a-1) and (b) of sub-section(1) of section 18 of the act. Section 18 of PSA deals with the maximum period of detention. Qaiser’s amendment was aimed at curtailing the period of detention of any person acting in manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order to one month from three months in the first instance.
Qaiser had sought deletion of clause wherein person indulging in timber smuggling could be detained for 12 months. Qaiser wanted to be replaced with detention for 3 months.
Basheer Veeri’s bill had sought both amending the bill and adding new sections to make it more humane. Neither Veeri nor Qaiser Jamsheed had sought revocation of this act..