People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MP Muzaffar Baig has hit out at BJP-led Centre and wondered if it was possible to capture slain militant Burhan Wani alive.
While speaking in Lok Sabha on the Kashmir debate, Baig cited examples from the past when leading militants were captured alive and were brought to take part in the political process, with some of them now being member of the state Assembly.
On Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter by security forces, the PDP MP said, “He was not an invisible ghost. He wasn’t a Bin Laden. Police could’ve arrested him anytime. Timing was wrong. That’s why I say the government of India should look into this. Parents are not to be held responsible.”
“Terrorism has victimised many. It has become a business. I feel bad for his parents,” said Baig.
“Balance, patience, empathy and dialogue … Some people are alienated, don’t need to cut throats … pull them by the ears! Pakistan is our “humsaaya” … is a victim of terrorism. What have they earned by raising Kashmir?”
He urged the Centre to use its moral authority, instead of military authority.
He, however, rejected the contention that the unrest in the valley is because of the alliance of PDP with BJP. He added that the PDP joined hands with the BJP because “the 126 crore people of the country gave mandate to Mr Modi”.
He also blamed the actions by Congress and National Conference since 1948 for the loss of trust in democracy among the people of the valley.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the government insisted on looking at the “rear view” mirror even as the situation in J&K is “deteriorating”. Scindia said no central minister had bothered to visit the state during the current crisis.
The ruling party, however, defended itself against the charge of using excessive force to quell protests, saying the situation was being worsened by provocative actions by Pakistan that declared a ‘Black Day’ but did nothing to stop fostering terrorism.
Meanwhile, curfew continued across Kashmir on day 13 amid complete shutdown called by separatist organisations to protest against the killings in the Valley. At least 44 people have died and over 3,100 others, including police and CRPF men, got injured during the clashes following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.