Militants killed in encounters with forces are ‘martyrs’: PDP MLA

Jammu, January 11: Ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir on Thursday called the militants killed in encounters with security forces as martyrs.
He also demanded that militants should be taken on board to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Mir, who represents Wachi constituency, the stronghold of militancy, said gun-wielding terrorists were also stakeholders in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Without any hesitation, he said the ongoing militancy was a collective failure as the killing of “our brothers” was going on unabated.
Mir also expressed sympathies with the families of the security forces who had lost their lives.

Speaking to the media outside the Assembly, Mir said the time had come to talk to Hurriyat, militants and other stakeholders to resolve the issue and to end bloodshed.
He said the Kashmiri militants are their brothers. “Call them militants or terrorists or anything else, they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers. I request you all to stop politicising their killings and take appropriate steps to end this violence,” Mir said, adding, “This House has to end the blame game over killings.”

Pitching for talks between India and Pakistan, the MLA said the two countries should start talks for a meaningful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“Those who die in Kashmir are Kashmiris and are our brothers. It is the responsibility of everyone in this House to ensure that the youth of Kashmir, be that a militant or a protester, be saved from being killed. It is high time talks were started to end the imbroglio,” he demanded.

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