In what could trigger a row, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz on Friday said the decision to kill Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was not one he would have chosen, saying it would have been better to have had a dialogue with him. “Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta (If it were up to me, Burhan Wani would have been kept alive and a dialogue would have taken place), the Congress MP said.
Terrorist Burhan Wani, regarded as the top Hizbul leader in the Valley, was killed by security personnel on July 8 last year. His killing resulted in violent protests in the Valley that continued for months leading to the death of nearly 100 protesters with many being severely injured. In July that year, Soz had suggested that the government withdraw the ‘draconian’ AFSPA law from the Valley and initiate a dialogue with ‘opinion leaders’ in Kashmir.