Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

PDP lawmaker Aijaz Ahmed Mir calls Kashmiri terrorists 'martyrs'

PDP lawmaker Aijaz Ahmed Mir calls Kashmiri terrorists 'martyrs'

MLA Aijaz Ahmed Pir courted controversy on Thursday when he said terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is our collective failure and terrorists who are from Kashmir are martyrs.

"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.

"Celebrating the death of militants, who were children of Kashmir, can not be justified". He also said that "militants are our brothers and their killing should be avoided". "It is a collective failure", Mir argued.

"Call them militants or terrorists or anything else, they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers". If you have noticed we haven't put up a paywall unlike many news organisations, - as we want to keep our journalism open. Yes, they are our brothers.

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. "Terrorists and separatists are the enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development and peace", BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas told ANI.

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Mir's statement comes a day after state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that her government has vowed to break the "vicious cycle" of youth taking up arms.

Members of National Conference (NC), Congress and CPI (M) expressed anger over the death of a 20-year-old man allegedly in firing by security forces following the killing of a militant in Khudwani area of Kulgam district on Tuesday.

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"There can be ideological clashes between them and us".

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