SRINAGAR: Ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir on Thursday stirred a hornet’s nest by describing Kashmiri militants killed by the security forces as “our own brothers” and “martyrs”.
He added that their deaths should not be celebrated. “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 reporters outside the State Assembly in winter capital Jammu.
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.
He said, “We should not celebrate the killings of militants. It is our collective failure. We should sympathise with parents of jawans and with those of militants as well.”...