PDP lawmaker Aijaz Ahmed Mir calls Kashmiri terrorists 'martyrs'

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

Yesterday, he had said in the assembly that the government should hold talks with all parties concerned, including the Hurriyat, to resolve the Kashmir issue.

MLA stirred a controversy after he stated that people should not be celebrating the killing of Kashmiri militants. The PDP leader, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, further termed it as a "collective failure".

"Jo Kashmir ke hein, chahey kisi bhi halat mein marein, woh martyr hein (Those who hail from Kashmir are martyrs irrespective of the fact under what circumstances they get killed)", he said, while replying to a question whether he considered slain militants as martyrs.

He said the Kashmir issue is a political issue and should be resolved politically. Yes, they are our brothers. The opposition members of National Conference and Congress created the ruckus in the assembly on Wednesday against the civilian killing in forces firing in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Tuesday.

"We should not celebrate the killings of militants, it is our collective failure, we feel sad when our security forces are martyred as well, we should sympathize with parents of security jawans and with parents of militants as well", he added.

"We killed 200 (militants) but 200 more (militants) joined militancy (last year)", he said. "We want to stop this bloodshed". "It is a difference of ideology".

Asked about the recent incident when militants hurled a grenade on his residence, the PDP MLA said, "we believe in India and they believe in something else that is why I was attacked".

"It is the PDP MLA who has said this".

His comments, however, drew a sharp reaction from BJP which is in alliance with PDP in the state. "The BJP will have to explain and tell whether it agrees with what its alliance partner has said", Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said. "People are waiting for the answer", he added.

Reacting to Mir's statement, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that terrorists and separatists are enemies of Kashmir.

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