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J&K governor slammed for saying terrorists should kill politicians

July 23, 2019

A hugely controversial statement by , Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, made at a public meeting, continues to attract strong condemnation and outrage.

At a public meeting Malik said that terrorists should "kill corrupt politicians who have looted the entire wealth" of the state" rather than innocent people and security personnel.

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?. - Satya Pal Malik, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir

Malik's comments attracted outrage from many people and after the backlash, he clarified that he had spoken "in a fit of anger and frustration" due to rampant corruption. "As Governor, I should have not 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," he told a news agency.

Malik's statement comes after a series of comments accusing "big families" of Kashmir of acquiring properties across the world by looting public money. He has often accused political leaders of Kashmir of corruption and having no mass support because of the poor turnout in elections. "The big families who have ruled Kashmir have got unlimited wealth. They have one house in Srinagar, one in Delhi, Dubai, one in London and elsewhere. They are shareholders in big hotels. It is the common man of Kashmir who is suffering," he said.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Twitter, "Save this tweet - after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in J&K has been murdered on the express orders of the Governor of J&K Satyapal 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 and kangaroo courts," said Abdullah.

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