BJP slams Ghulam Nabi Azad for Kashmir remark; demands explanation from Congress

22 June 2018, 05:02 PM

In a veiled attack on Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad over his controversial Kashmir remark, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday demanded an explanation from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi regarding his statement.

In an interview with a television channel, Azad had earlier said that the army was killing more common people than militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in the national capital Ravi Shankar termed Azad's remarks very "embarrassing, unfortunate, and irresponsible". "Congress is now standing with those who want to break the country. What kind of politics is this?" Prasad said.

"In J&K, 72 terrorists were killed in 2012, 67 in 2013. In June'14 we came to power. 110 were killed in 2014, 108 in 2015, 150 in 2016, 217 in 2017 and 75 have been killed till May 2018. So Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad you can see difference between your and our government," Prasad said responding to Azad's statement, which was demeaning for the Indian Army.

The Union Minister's statement came days after Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in an emailed statement supported Azad's remark on security forces in Kashmir. LeT spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi quoted chief Mahmood Shah saying that they agreed with Azad.

"We have been of the same opinion as of the expressions of Ghulam Nabi Azad and others since the beginning. India is up to bringing back the era of Jagmohan by imposing the Governor law so as to sabotage the infrastructure and commit a massacre of innocents. It is a move to further intensify the mass killings," the statement read.

First Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 02:16 PM
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