Slain Kashmiri militants are 'martyrs' too: PDP legislator

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir

The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) of Jammu and Kashmir got into a fresh controversy on Thursday after its lawmaker, Aijaz Ahmad Mir described terrorists as "our brothers and martyrs".

Yesterday, he had said in the assembly that the government should hold talks with all parties concerned, including separatists, to resolve the Kashmir issue. The PDP MLA further stated that the country must not celebrate the killings of the militants, even while the people should condemn the deaths of the Indian Army soldiers. "This is our collective failure", he said.

"I believe militants are residents of Jammu and Kashmir", Aijaz Ahmad Mir, PDP MLA from Wachi, Shopian, said. "I request you all to stop politicising their killing and take some appropriate steps to end this violence", said Mir, adding that this house has to end the blame game over killings.

"Call them militants or terrorists or anything else, they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers". Mir said that killings of terrorists in the state should not be celebrated while calling incidents of teenagers joining terror groups as a collective failure.

Reminded of that attack, Mr Mir said: "That can be because of an ideological clash".

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"Those who die in Kashmir are Kashmiris and are brothers". Almost one lakh people have been killed due to militancy in all these years.

Mir also sympathised with the security personnel killed in the state, saying, "We feel sad when our security forces are martyred as well". The PDP is in alliance with the BJP (in Jammu and Kashmir).

Reacting to the controversial comment by the PDP leader, BJP MP and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas said, "Terrorists and separatists are the enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development, and peace".

Nowshera BJP MLA Ravinder Raina demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti penalise her party's lawmaker for his "sensational statement".

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