Kashmiri militants "our brothers, martyrs": PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir

Peoples Democratic Party MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir

"Terrorists & separatists are the enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development and peace".

The MLA also sought to strike a balance, claiming party leaders " also do not want security force men to die". Kashmir issue is a political issue. "What will we get if the people keep getting killed with bullets and pellets", he asked. 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. I feel the militants are residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

While Minister of State for Transport and BJP MLA Sunil Sharma said that no one can describe a slain militant as "martyr". The PDP leader, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, further termed it as a "collective failure".

National Conference MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar called Mir's statement an example of the PDP's "double standards".

It is time to counsel and bring them back, Mir said outside the assembly in Jammu. The PDP chief also thanked parents who, she said, are increasingly playing an active role in ensuring their children do not take up arms.

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"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 sympathise with parents of security jawans and with parents of militants as well", he said outside the Assembly on Thursday.

Criticising the PDP, opposition National Conference has said that what Mir has said shows that PDP is a party of contradictions.

In Delhi, the Congress asked the BJP to come clean on the issue.

His comments, however, drew a sharp reaction from BJP which is in alliance with PDP in the state. "The BJP will have to tell whether it agrees with what its alliance partner has said", Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, while speaking to reporters.

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