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PDP legislator calls slain Kashmiri militants martyrs

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An MLA of Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling PDP today stoked a controversy when he described militants shot dead in encounters with government forces as martyrs and also cautioned against glorifying their killings.

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” “Militants, who are from Kashmir are martyrs. Yes, they are our brothers. They are our children,” Aijaz, an MLA from south Kashmir’s Wachi, said here.

“We should desist from glorifying the killings of 200 militants. Nearly one lakh people have been killed due to militancy in all these years. Let us bat for talks,” Aijaz said outside the assembly here.  He also sympathised with the security personnel killed in the state, saying, “we feel sad when our security forces are martyred as well.

The BJP condemned Mir’s statement with its state spokesman Sunil Sethi saying, “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.” In a statement, Sethi said such “utterances by the PDP MLA are absolutely intolerable and nobody in the political mainstream can be given liberty to cross line of nationalism”.  In Delhi, the Congress asked the BJP to come clean on the issue. PTI