The PDP MLA termed Kashmiri militants as "brothers" and "martyrs" whose death should not be celebrated. The legislator also called for a dialogue with the Hurriyat.
A Jammu and Kashmir legislator from Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP raked up a controversy today when he sought to draw a parallel between the death of militants in Kashmir and the martyrdom of security forces. The MLA in question, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, told reporters on Thursday that it was wrong to celebrate the killing of militants, whom he dubbed as “brothers” and “martyrs”.
“Militants who are from Kashmir are martyrs, they are our brothers, some of them are minors who don’t even know what they are doing,” Mir said, adding that their killings should not be celebrated.
“We should not celebrate the killings of militants, it is our collective failure,” he said.
The PDP legislator further said that the killing of terrorists was as unfortunate as the martyrdom of security forces and that the families of the slain militants deserved as much sympathy as the families of security forces.
“We feel sad when our security forces are martyred as well, we should sympathise with parents of security jawans and with parents of militants as well,” Mir said.
PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, calls local terrorists his brothers, and if they killed , as martyrs pic.twitter.com/8RR5ZIEyKR
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The remarks evinced sharp reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the opposition National Conference in the state. A ruckus broke out in the state assembly over Mir’s comments with the NC slamming the PDP over its double standards of terrorists.
The remarks follow Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement in the Assembly a few hours ago where she said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should understand that whatever they will get will only from India and that no other nation would fend for them. “Honorable position, life with dignity, opening of (cross-LoC) routes, taking trade to another level, or ending bloodshed to start dialogue. This will not be done by any other country but our own,” she said.
The MLA’s remarks also evoked reactions from the BJP with Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying that militants were enemies of Kashmir and cannot be considered “brothers” by any stretch. “Terrorists and separatists are the enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development and peace. How can they be someone’s brother?” Naqvi told ANI.