Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday clarified his statement ‘kill those who looted your state,’ saying he had spoken in a fit of anger or frustration due to widespread corruption in the state. Earlier on Sunday, Malik triggered a huge controversy after he said that the terrorists should not kill their own people but the corrupt politicians who have robbed the whole wealth of the Valley. He made the statement while speaking at the inauguration of the Kargil and Ladakh tourism festival at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium Kargil.
He had said that the boys with guns (terrorists) kill PSOs (personal security officers), SPOs (special police officers), however, they should kill those who stole the whole wealth of Kashmir. While clarifying his statement today, the Governor said that he should not have made such a statement. He said that as a governor it was nor right, however, as an individual he thinks what he said. He noted that many political leaders and big bureaucrats are involved in corruption in the state. He was facing a massive backlash from all corners of the country over his statement.
His controversial statement had come after Farooq Ahmad Reshi, a personal security officer (PSO) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Sajjad Mufti was shot dead by the terrorists in Anantnag on Friday afternoon.
While reacting to his statement, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed Malik and said before blaming or asking militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt, he should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days.