December 2002 News

Terrorist guns down PDP MLA Abdul Aziz Mir

20 December 2002
The Hindustan Times
Majid Jahangir/PTI

Pampore: An MLA of Jammu and Kashmir''s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was shot dead in his home village of Konibal on Friday evening. A lone killer put a single bullet through 55-year-old Abdul Aziz Mir''s chest as he met people after Friday prayers at the central mosque in the village. The MLA was rushed to the sub-district hospital in Pampore and from there to Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital, where he was declared dead. The killer escaped in the melee immediately after the shooting. Mir’s personal security officer did not have a chance to react. An unknown militant outfit called the Save Kashmir Movement has claimed responsibility, and threatened a similar fate for everyone who worked to strengthen Indian rule in Kashmir. Mir is the first MLA to be murdered since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP-Congress government came to power in the state. A large number of Mir’s electors thronged the slain MLA’s home in the evening. A veteran National Conference (NC) leader, Mir had switched to the PDP after being denied the NC ticket from Pampore. In Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Governor G.C. Saxena and Chief Minister Sayeed condemned Mir’s murder. NC chief Omar Abdullah called upon the government to be vigilant and stressed on the need to crush the enemies of peace with an iron hand. Three girls killed Militants slit the throats of two schoolgirls and shot dead a third, ostensibly for having contact with security forces, in the Thana Mandi area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The killings were carried out past midnight on Thursday by the Al Badr, the police said, quoting villagers. A note found on the bodies said: “This is the punishment for keeping contact with kafirs.”


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