The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) of Jammu and Kashmir got into a fresh controversy on Thursday after its lawmaker, Aijaz Ahmad Mir described terrorists as "our brothers and martyrs".
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.
Mir who represents Wachi constituency of south Kashmir pleaded that no one should celebrate the killings of a militant as each such death was the collective failure of the countrymen. "We should sympathize with parents of security jawans and with parents of terrorists as well", the PDP lawmaker said. "It is our collective failure", he said, adding that they are children, who have gone down the wrong track, and should be counselled and brought back. Speaking to the media outside the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, the PDP leader added that people should sympathise with parents of the martyred. It is glorifying terrorism, you are playing with fire...
Mir's remark triggered an uproar in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly with Opposition leaders, including former CM Omar Abdullah, demanding the PDP-BJP Government's response. Yes, they are our brothers. Stating that he considers "slain militants as martyrs" the PDP MLA said, "Jo Kashmir ke hein, chahey kisi bhi halat mein marein, woh martyr hein".
Reacting to Mir's statement, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that terrorists and separatists are enemies of Kashmir.
When asked about killings of security personnel, the legislator said that he feels bad about them too.
"They are our children and we should not be happy over their deaths".
State Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir claimed the BJP has given the PDP the leeway to make such statements so that both could continue to enjoy power in the state.
"There can be ideological clashes between them and us".