PDP MLA says Kashmiri militant deaths a collective failure, not celebratory

Kashmiri villagers and security forces

"Let us bat for talks", Aijaz said outside the assembly here.He urged the Centre's special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma to talk to everybody in the state. "Whoever is a Kashmiri and is killed under whatever circumstances is a martyr".

In Delhi, BJP Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said militants and separatists could not be brothers.

"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", Mir told media here. "But, where they (terrorists) come from. they are residents of Jammu and Kashmir".

The PDP MLA's statement comes a day after he had asked legislators in the J&K Assembly not to express happiness over the killing of militants as they too were "brothers".

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

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Earlier in October 2017, militants had thrown a grenade at his house in Shopian's Zainpora area. While the lawmaker wasn't present, his family escaped unhurt. "We are happy that they are coming back". "They can attack us or we can say anything about them", he said.

Pir however also sympathised with security personnel killed in the battle against terrorism. 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".

"It is the PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir who has said this. Our president (Mehbooba Mufti) would also go", he said.

Last year, a legislator of National Conference (NC) had called the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a "martyr".

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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