PDP Lawmaker Aijaz Ahmad Mir says Militants ‘our brothers, martyrs’, sparks controversy

A lawmaker of Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling PDP has described the militants as “our brothers and martyrs” whose deaths ‘should not be celebrated’.

NDTV reported that Aijaz Ahmad Mir repeated today what he had declared in the state assembly yesterday.

“The militants belong to Jammu and Kashmir, they are our children. We should not celebrate their killing,” said Mir, who represents the Watchi constituency in Shopian.

He added that he “also sympathized with the forces and parents of soldiers who were killed.”

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.

The lawmaker was himself a target just three months ago, when militants had thrown a grenade at his home. No one was injured.

Reminded of that attack, Mir said, “That can be because of an ideological clash.”

His comments were denounced by the BJP, which partners the PDP or People’s Democratic Party in Kashmir.

“It is ridiculous, I condemn this statement. It is glorifying terrorism, you are playing with fire…Go and ask families of those who lost people to terror in the past 30 years. This is rubbing salt into the wounds of relatives of those killed in Pakistan-sponsored terror,” said BJP leader and lawmaker Ravinder Raina.

Opposition national conference has hit out at PDP saying this shows PDP is a party of contradictions, senior national conference leader Akbar Lone said, “There is a contradiction in the PDP, on one side they kill militants and on the other hand such a statement coming from the PDP MLA, this contradicts CM Mehbooba Mufti’s assembly statement.”


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