Kashmiri militants killed by Indian forces are 'martyrs', says PDP MLA

Kashmiri militants killed by Indian forces are 'martyrs', says PDP MLA

Aijaz Ahmed Mir's remarks came as an embarrassment for the party as its alliance partner BJP decried the comments saying these were "absolutely intolerable" and demanded an FIR against him. 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. "How can they be someone's brother", he told a news channel. Almost one lakh people have been killed due to militancy in all these years. They are our children.

"I believe militants are residents of Jammu and Kashmir", Aijaz Ahmad Mir, PDP MLA from Wachi, Shopian, said. If they believe so, then why do they liquidate them (militants). This vicious circle will continue like this.

He said the Kashmiri militants are their brothers. It should be resolved politically. Whatever we (J&K) have to get, we will get from this country (India).

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

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"Some people are glorifying the killings of militants". Their death should not be celebrated happily. The PDP leader, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, further termed it as a "collective failure".

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

"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. "We want to stop this bloodshed". Questioning Mir's stand, BJP MLA Sunil Sharma said that no one can describe a slain militant as "martyr". "It is a difference of ideology".

Mir's statement has not gone down well with the party's ally Bharatiya Janata Party. He had made the same statement in the Assembly yesterday.

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