Army calling 250 militants' death in Jammu and Kashmir 'great achievement' is unfortunate, says Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq criticised Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh for his remarks terming 2018 as a remarkable year for the force for killing 250 militants.

"The statement of Army (commander) that 2018 was a remarkable year for them in Kashmir as they killed over 250 militants is extremely unfortunate," the Mirwaiz told a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

File image of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. PTI

File image of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. PTI

He was responding to the remarks of Lt General Ranbir Singh in which he reportedly said that 2018 has been a great year for the security forces as more than 250 terrorists were killed, 54 were caught alive and four surrendered to the forces.

The Mirwaiz claimed many Army officers have in their write-ups and lectures admitted that Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem that has to be resolved politically.

"Instead of admitting this, the armed force of a country that prides itself in the history of its freedom struggle...sells the killings of these armed youths as a great achievement to people of India," he added.

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Updated Date: Jan 18, 2019 17:01:55 IST

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