Srinagar, Jul 22 : Expressing regret over his comment asking ‘militants to kill the corrupt who have looted Kashmir instead of the innocent’, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said he made the remarks in a fit of rage and frustration due to rampant corruption in the state.
Meanwhile, reacting to National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah's tweet, Mr Malik said the former J&K chief minister is a political juvenile tweeting on everything. 'See the reaction to his tweets and you will find out,' Mr Malik said. The Governor said he should not have made such a comment because he is the Governor of the state.
Mr Malik, however, said his personal feeling is the same as he said on Sunday. He further stressed that several political leaders and big bureaucrats in Jammu and Kashmir are corrupt. 'I’m the Governor of J&K only because of my reputation in Delhi. I don’t come from the family of politicians,' he added.
'Why are you (militants) killing innocents including SPOs and PSOs? What will you gain by this? If you have to kill why don't you kill the corrupt who have looted the country and Kashmir for so long,' Mr Malik had said on Sunday after inaugurating the Kargil Ladakh tourism festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo stadium in Kargil. The J&K Governor had further said that guns have never been the solution to problems and nobody can bend the government by using it.
Reacting to the Governor’s comment, Mr Abdullah had said that after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in J&K has been murdered on the express orders of Mr Malik. '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,' Mr Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. (UNI)