The PDP MLA's statement comes a day after he had asked legislators in the J&K Assembly not to express happiness over the killing of militants as they too were "brothers". "It is our collective failure".
Mir was also quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, "Call them militants or terrorists, but they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers. Let us bat for talks", Aijaz said outside the assembly here.He urged the Centre's special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma to talk to everybody in the state. "We should sympathize with parents of security jawans and with parents of terrorists as well", he said.
"He further said, "We also have sympathy for security personnel being martyred in Kashmir, adding, "families of everyone - either a security personnel or a terrorist - feel sad when their children are lost".
Last week, Rafi Ahmad Mir, the PDP's chief spokesperson, had said the party condemned and regretted the killings of both policemen and militants. If you have noticed we haven't put up a paywall unlike many news organisations, - as we want to keep our journalism open.
Mir's statement has not gone down well with the party's ally Bharatiya Janata Party. Three months back, militants had thrown a grenade at the house of the PDP lawmaker in Shopian's Zainpora area, however injuring none.
The Congress questioned the BJP whether it agrees with what the legislator belonging to its alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir has said and asked it to come clean on the issue.
Further stating that PDP is a party of contradictions, senior leader of the opposition national conference Akbar Lone said, "There is a contradiction in the PDP, on one side they kill militants and on the other hand such a statement coming from the PDP MLA, this contradicts CM Mehbooba Mufti's assembly statement". "People are waiting for the answer", he added.