Terrorists in J&K are martyrs, we shouldn't celebrate their death: PDP MLA

A man wearing a mask attends the funeral procession of a suspected militant killed by security forces in Kashmir's Shopian district last month

PDP's young MLA from wachi constituency- Aijaz Mir today strongly vouched for talks between India and Pakistan for the substantial resolution of Kashmir issue. "Otherwise, if any mainstream leader makes such statements, he will be booked under the public safety act and his security will be withdrawn", Mir told The Telegraph. In a stinging response, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "Terrorists and separatists are enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development and peace".

"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.

"We should desist from glorifying the killings of 200 militants".

The lawmaker was himself a target just three months ago, when militants had thrown a grenade at his home. "How can they be someone's brother?". While the lawmaker wasn't present, his family escaped unhurt.

The PDP MLA's statement came a day after he asked legislators in the J&K assembly to not express happiness over the killings of Kashmiri militants. "I request you all to stop politicising their killing and take some appropriate steps to end this violence", said Mir adding, "This house has to end the blame game over killings". "We are happy that they are coming back".

NC leader Akbar Lone said PDP is the party of contradictions which on one hand kills militants, and on the other calls them "martyrs", NDTV reported. "Our president (Mehbooba Mufti) would also go", he said.

The PDP rose to prominence in the Valley by toeing a soft separatist line and the party is believed to have a secret understanding with the separatist Jamat-e-Islami, whose sympathisers vote for it during elections.

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