Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, who stoked a controversy by asking militants to stop killing innocent people and instead rise against “those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir for years”, said he made the statement “in a fit of rage”.
As his comments came under fire, Malik said: “Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption here. As Governor, I should not have made such a comment, but my personal feeling is the same as I said. Many political leaders and big bureaucrats are steeped in corruption here.”
“These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people, they are killing PSOs (personal security officer) and SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?” Malik had previously said during Kargil Ladakh tourism festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo stadium in Kargil.
“Our estimates are that at present there are 250 militants including 125 foreign militants. During encounters, the foreign militant takes two days to die and the local two hours. LTTE was once the most powerful terrorist organisation in the world. Where is it today?”
“I cannot question your religious belief. But, I can give you two heavens instead of the one promised to you by your ‘maulvis’. I can give you Kashmir, which is a heaven on earth, and if you live like good human beings, you will get another heaven after your death,” said the Governor.
Slamming the comment, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted: “This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt. Perhaps the man should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days before sanctioning unlawful killings & kangaroo courts.”
Reacting to Omar Abdulla’s comment, the Governor said: “He is a political juvenile tweeting on everything, see the reaction to his tweets and you will find out.”