On Wednesday, senior Congressman and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad courted controversy by accusing the Indian Army of killing more civilians than terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the Times of India has reported.
"They (forces) take action against four terrorists and kill 20 civilians. Their action is more against civilians than terrorists. For instance, they killed 13 civilians in Pulwama and just one terrorist. No civilians were killed during the UPA government," Azad, who was the Chief Minister of J&K between 2005 and 2008, said.
According to the daily, the Congress leader also said that the talk "all out operations" in the state indicates that a "massacre" was being planned.
“Saying that it will be an all-out operation, clearly shows that they plan to do a massacre,” he said, according to News18.
Azad, who is considered to be a close aide of the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, also attacked the Modi government for not holding talks with separatist leaders and Pakistan.
They did not say that they want to resolve the issue through talks. Even America and North Korea solved their difference through dialogue,” he said.
“The major reason behind the condition of Kashmir is that from the day PM Modi came to power, he has always talked about action. It seems he always wants to use the gun,” he said, attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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