Kashmiri militants are our brothers: PDP MLA

Terrorists'Our Brothers Martyrs: PDP Lawmaker Aijaz Ahmad Mir Sparks Controversy

Ajaz Mir Ahmad said all parties concerned including separatists to resolve the Kashmir issue

Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Aijaz Ahmed Mir on Thursday sparked a controversy by saying that terrorists who are from Kashmir are martyrs.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had on Wednesday said the political issues should not be given religious colour.

"Militants who are from Kashmir and get killed are martyrs, they are our brothers, and some of them are minors who don't even know what they are doing", Mr Mir told reporters outside the State Assembly in winter capital Jammu.

"This house has to end the blame game over the killings", he said, and stressed that the Centre's special representative, Dineshwar Sharma should take the militants on board during dialogues. "It is our collective failure", said the lawmaker.

In reply to another question whether he considered militants his brothers, the MLA from from South Kashmir's Wachi said, "Of course yes, they (militants) are Kashmiris".

He, however, added that he "also sympathized with the security forces and parents of soldiers who were killed". No one was injured.

It is time to counsel and bring them back, Mir said outside the assembly in Jammu.

"If we do no believe in the Constitution of J&K or of the nation, then what would you achieve".

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

"It is ridiculous, I condemn this statement".

Despite his apparent sympathy for the Kashmiri militants, Mir - who represents the Shopian district, a hotbed for terrorist activities - himself had been a target of a militant activity recently. "This is rubbing salt into the wounds of relatives of those killed in Pakistan-sponsored terror".

Asked about the recent incident when militants hurled a grenade on his residence, the PDP MLA said, "we believe in India and they believe in something else that is why I was attacked".

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