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    New Delhi (Sputnik): A controversial statement by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has evoked sharp reactions from political leaders and the general public alike.

    Malik speaking in Kargil, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state, lambasted corrupt local politicians, and suggested militants should target them instead of innocent civilians.

    The governor’s remark drew swift condemnation from the state’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the national opposition party Congress’s Anand Sharma. Malik is known for his highly controversial statements in the past.  

    “The youth who have taken the gun are killing their own people, killing PSOs (Personal Security Officers), SPOs (Special Police Officers). 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?” said Malik without naming any particular politicians.  

    The Governor said these youth who have taken to guns are losing their lives for no purpose as “never had guns solved any issues.”

    The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s rule since December 2018, after almost six months of a suspended State Assembly, following the collapse of the coalition government, which included the national ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    “If I had the constitutional powers, I would have arrested them [the corrupt], 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,” said the Governor.

    Malik’s statement evoked outrage from netizens, asking if he is giving blanket permission to terrorists to target political leaders in the state.

    Some others questioned Abdullah, advising him that only those in the ‘corrupt club’ need to worry about the Governor’s statement.


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