Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

PDP MLA calls Kashmiri militants 'our brothers', wants dialogues with them

PDP MLA calls Kashmiri militants 'our brothers', wants dialogues with them

"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", Mir, who represents the Wachi assembly constituency in Kashmir's Shopian district, added.

"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. 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.

Urging special interlocuter appointed by the Modi Government to include militant groups and Hurriyat in the peace talks, the PDP leader denounced glorification of deaths of militants by certain groups. The PDP leader, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, further termed it as a "collective failure".

Mir was also quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, "Call them militants or terrorists, but they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers". It is glorifying terrorism, you are playing with fire...

Chief Spokesperson, Sunil Sethi, in a statement said that it seems that said legislator has lost mental balance to talk in the language of militants and separatists while under oath of Constitution as legislator. "How can they be someone's brother?" asked Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Opposition parties as well PDP ally BJP latched onto the statement and slammed Mir for his remarks. "How can they be someone's brother", he told a news channel.

Nowshera BJP MLA Ravinder Raina demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti penalise her party's lawmaker for his "sensational statement". "Young boys get glorified by taking arms in their hand and uploading the picture on social media sites".

Mir also asked the House to stop the "blame game" over the killings, according to the report. "We are happy that they are coming back".

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