Kashmiri militants are our brothers: PDP MLA

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir

PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmed Mir

"It is our collective failure".

While talking in Assembly, Aijaz said that those who die in Kashmir day in and out are Kashmiris and are brothers, so it is responsibility of everyone in this house to ensure that the youth of Kashmir, be that militant or protester should be saved from being killed.

He said they are children, who have gone down the wrong track, and should be counselled and brought back.

"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", he added.

He said that talks between India and Pakistan should be held for a meaningful resolution of the Kashmir issue. "We want to stop this bloodshed".

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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. His comments were criticised by his party's ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Further stating that PDP is a party of contradictions, senior leader of the opposition national conference Akbar Lone said, "There is a contradiction in the PDP, on one side they kill militants and on the other hand such a statement coming from the PDP MLA, this contradicts CM Mehbooba Mufti's assembly statement".

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been witnessing ruckus over several issues in the last few days. "The BJP will have to explain and tell whether it agrees with what its alliance partner has said", Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said. The PDP MLA added that it does not matter that under what circumstances the people were killed if they hailed from Kashmir, they are "martyrs".

"Whether the BJP believes that the militants are their brothers and sisters? How can they be someone's brother?" asked Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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