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PDP MLA says Kashmiri militant deaths a collective failure, not celebratory

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir
Ben Pena | 13 January, 2018, 21:37

Jammu and Kashmir's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir has triggered a huge row by describing Kashmiri militants as "martyrs".

When asked about killings of security personnel, the legislator said that he feels bad about them too.

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been witnessing ruckus over several issues in the last few days.

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On further questions from the reporters asking him whether he actually feels the militants are martyrs, Mir said, "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)". "We should not celebrate their killing", said Mr Mir, who represents the Watchi constituency in Kashmir's Shopian, one of the areas worst-hit by terror. If they believe so, then why do they liquidate them (militants). "What will we get if the people keep getting killed with bullets and pellets", he asked.

Asked about a recent incident when militants hurled a grenade at his residence, the PDP legislator said, "We believe in India and they believe in something else that is why I was attacked". He added that their deaths should not be celebrated. "It is our collective failure", said the lawmaker. "We should sympathize with parents of security jawans and with parents of terrorists as well", he said. He also said that the children who have gone down the wrong track should be counselled and brought back. "It is a difference of ideology".

Criticising the PDP, opposition National Conference has said that what Mir has said shows that PDP is a party of contradictions. The PDP is in alliance with the BJP (in Jammu and Kashmir). "Otherwise, if any mainstream leader makes such statements, he will be booked under the public safety act and his security will be withdrawn", Mir told The Telegraph.

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