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Congress leader Saifuddin Soz stirs up fresh controversy; says would have kept Burhan Wani alive for dialogue
Congress MP Saifuddin Soz said, "Mere bas me hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta." (If it had been up to me, would have kept Burhan Wani alive and held dialogue with him.)

The comments of Soz that came on Friday have the potential of spreading major unrest in the Kashmir Valley, as tomorrow on Saturday, July 8, lies the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani who had been killed by the Indian security forces in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8, 2016.

Soz was further quoted by ANI as saying, "I would have made him (Wani) understand that a bridge of friendship between Pakistan, Kashmir and India can be built and he could be useful in that. But now he has died. We should understand the pain of Kashmiris."

In the meanwhile security has been beefed up in the Valley ahead of Wani's first death anniversary on Saturday. Wani, who was the poster boy of terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, was popular for effectively using social media for spreading Anti-India propaganda in the Kashmir Valley.

Wani's death had led to widespread protests throughout the Valley resulting in the deaths of at least 78 people with many being injured. The Kashmir Valley had remained under curfew for a consecutive 53 days post Burhan Wani's encounter.

The BJP has reacted strongly to Soz's comments by saying that terrorists should always be treated as terrorists. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said, "The government has to ensure peace, it is our aim to destroy them (terrorists)."

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