The vocal governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Satya Pal Malik has been caught in a net of controversy for calling militants to ‘target’ corrupt local politicians and not innocent civilians.
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Malik made this comments at an event in Kargil. “The youth who have taken the gun are killing their own people, killing personal security officers (PSOs) and special police officers (SPOs). Why do you kill them? Kill those who have looted your state, those who have looted the entire wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed anyone of them?”
The governor said the youths who have taken to guns are loosing their lives for no purpose as never had guns solved any issues. “If I had the constitutional powers, I would have arrested them (the corrupt) and put them in jail and distributed their wealth to the poor. There is no limit for the wealth of these profligate, who have ruled Kashmir all these years,” Malik said.
Omar Abdullah, the National Conference leader, condemned the governor on Twitter. “Save this tweet – After today, any mainstream politican or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in J&K has been murdered on the express orders of the Governor of J&K Satyapal Malik,” he said. Abdullah also questioned about the governor’s reputation in Delhi. “This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt,” he said.
But Malik went back on his remarks saying he had made it in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption in the Valley. “Wherever I dig, I find their corruption. I should not have made such comments as I am the constitutional head,” he said.