A National Conference (NC) legislator on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to either unfurl the Tricolour in the Lahore belt of Pakistan or else “leave Kashmir”.
The controversial remark was made by Mendhar MLA Javed Rana at the funeral of five members of a family killed on Sunday by Pakistani forces in shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector in Poonch district.
“I just want to say to this incompetent government at the Centre that stop playing politics over our dead bodies. If Modi sahib you are true to your words, then unfurl the (national) flag in Lahore. Or otherwise leave Kashmir as we are not ready anymore to get killed without any reason,” Rana said addressing mourners at the funeral prayers.
A couple and their three minor sons were killed when a mortar shell from across the border hit their mud house located about four kilometers from the LoC yesterday.
Two minor daughters of the couple were critically injured and are undergoing treatment at a hospital here.
“I want to ask politicians and the prime minister sitting in Delhi that how long you will play politics over our dead bodies. We are disheartened as we are getting killed for no reason, he was heard saying in a video that has gone viral on social media,” he said.
Rana, who is known for making controversial statements, said he wanted to tell Modi that this is the voice of the people in border areas that if you have the willpower then look forward and if you do not have the resolve then leave Kashmir .
Rana belongs to the Gujjar community in Jammu and Kashmir.