People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MP Muzaffar Baig newsx
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.
“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 also blamed the actions by Congress and National Conference since 1948 for the loss of trust in democracy among the people of the valley.
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.