Would have kept Burhan Wani alive, held dialogue with him: Congress leader Saifuddin Soz

Saifuddin Soz on Burhan Wani: "Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta (If it were up to me, Burhan Wani would have been kept alive and a dialogue would have taken place), the Congress MP said. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 11:55 am
burhan wani, saifuddin soz, kashmir, hizbul mujahideen, congress, latest news Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

In what could trigger a row, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz on Friday said the decision to kill Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was not one he would have chosen, saying it would have been better to have had a dialogue with him. “Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta (If it were up to me, Burhan Wani would have been kept alive and a dialogue would have taken place), the Congress MP said.

Burhan Wani, regarded as the top Hizbul leader in the Valley, was killed by security personnel on July 8 last year. His killing resulted in violent protests in the Valley that continued for months leading to the death of nearly 100 protesters with many being severely injured. In July that year, Soz had suggested that the government withdraw the ‘draconian’ AFSPA law from the Valley and initiate a dialogue with ‘opinion leaders’ in Kashmir.

The BJP, reacting to Soz’s remarks, said terrorists should always be treated as terrorists. “The government has to ensure peace, it is our aim to destroy them (terrorists),” MoS Home Hansraj Ahir said. Jammu Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh asked: “people who call terrorists leaders, do they want to glorify them? Terrorists will always be treated like terrorists.

In May this year, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: “We have come up with a permanent solution to solve Kashmir. The initiative has begun. We are moving forward.” Singh, however, refused to elaborate on what kind of solution the government has found. Pressed further, on whether the solution was “political in nature”, Rajnath Singh said: “It is too early to discuss it in public. I don’t want to discuss it with the media.”

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  1. I
    Indian Express reader
    Jul 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    Iss madher ki beti ka yarr tha Burhan Wani...
    1. A
      abid ashraf
      Jul 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm
      One Slogan on Track Go India Go Back. #We_Want_Freedom ✌ #Free-Kashmir #Son_of_Kashmir #Burhanwani
      1. S
        Shafted mohammed
        Jul 8, 2017 at 10:03 am
        Get him next time , Kashmir would be better without him. I am upset that there is still no fear in hurriyat leadership and in their supporters.
        1. S
          Jul 8, 2017 at 9:35 am
          this dammin bstrd mthr fkr.send him to negotiate with ISIS AND TALIBAN............IT WILL BE BETTER FOR HIM......
          1. S
            Jul 8, 2017 at 8:20 am
            Ye kuta pagal ho gaya jo burhan Bani ke side bol raha hai basie Bhi congress terrist goverment hai
            1. D
              Jul 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
              Yes! The way congress had kept the problem alive! It should have been solved long back for the good of India. Congress had their chance. Now let NDA have their chance for at least two terms.
              1. K
                Jul 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm
                What does one "talk" to jihadis whose only aim in life is to establish the Islamic caliphate??? What else has India been doing from 70 years?? Only talk. Pakistan can only be set right by military intervention. Look at PM Netanyahu. If ONE Israeli is killed, TWO Palestinian are killed. This is the language that PAKISTAN will understand.
                1. Q
                  Queens Chumcha
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                  Of course congress needs to divide people on a communal basis to enable monarchy to survive. They would not only hold talks with Wani, they held talks with Hitler too. The sooner Congress shuts shop, the better it is for india.
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