Facing widespread criticism over his statement urging terrorists to gun down corrupt individuals instead of attacking security officials’ Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today (Monday, July 22) admitted that he said it “in a fit of anger and frustration” and it was improper for him to say it.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had in a speech on July 21 said terrorist should gun down those who have looted their country and their state, rather than killing security forces. Such a statement from a person of his profile and position attracted heavy criticism.
He however on Monday sought to explain his controversial statement. “Whatever I said was done in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption. As a Governor I should not have said this. But if I was not holding this post I would have said the same and would have been ready to bear the consequences,” he told ANI.
This rectification came after heavy criticism especially from the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah declaring that if any politicians, bureaucrats or officials are killed in the coming days, it should be noted as an execution of the governor’s order.
“Save this tweet – after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in Jammu and Kashmir has been murdered on the express orders of the governor of J&K Satyapal Malik,” tweeted Abdullah.
The National Conference leader, in another tweet also suggested that Malik should introspect himself before pointing fingers at other politicians.