Latching onto a PDP MLA's "Kashmiri militants are martyrs" comment, the Congress today questioned the BJP whether it agrees with what the legislator belonging to its alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir has said and asked it to come clean on the issue. Militants are also our brothers.
He urged the Centre's special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma to talk to everybody in the State.
The MLA also sought to strike a balance, claiming party leaders " also do not want security force men to die". "We will not get anything from anywhere else", she said in the assembly. If a sitting legislator has said it, it certainly calls for an inquiry. "They are children aged 11 to 14 and they do not even know what they are doing", Mir told reporters when asked if he considered terrorists killed in Kashmir as martyrs. They are our brothers.
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The unemployment rate grew a year ago and now at 12.4 percent; the crisis is concentrated among young people, 24 percent of whom. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres deplored the loss of life, saying: "Further violence must be avoided".
"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.
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. "They are our children", Aijaz, an MLA from from South Kashmirs Wachi, said here. It is glorifying terrorism, you are playing with fire...
In Delhi, BJP Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said militants and separatists could not be brothers.
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It is time to counsel and bring them back, Mir said outside the assembly in Jammu. "We are thankful to the parents who are appealing to their wards to return from the path of militancy".
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".
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Of the 9,042 injured, 368 suffered bullet injuries, 6221 pellet injuries and four persons suffered wounds from pava shells. Besdies, the government said, 552 people were detained under the controversial Public Safety Act in 2016.