National Conference legislator Showkat Hussain Ganai on Tuesday termed slain Hizb Commander Burhan Wani as a freedom fighter and a martyr.
During a debate in the Legislative Council on Kashmir killings and the uprising triggered by July 8 killing of Wani, the lawmaker said that Burhan was a freedom fighter and that he had attained martyrdom while fighting for a cause.
"Kashmiris will continue to pick up guns and sacrifice their lives until the issue is resolved," he said.
On this PDP lawmaker Firdous Tak interrupted Ganai and sought clarification from him to confirm whether his remarks represented his party or were his personal opinion.
Referring to Ganai's words, Tak said, "The statement of hon'ble minister just made in the house is very sensitive; this message would go outside, so he must know what he is speaking in the house."
Reacting to this, Ganai said, "I am fully aware about the place where I made the statement and I stand by each word I have said about Burhan Wani." "Burhan was a freedom fighter, a martyr and this is thinking of people of Jammu and Kashmir, not mine alone."
He added that everyone was aware that even Hizb Chief Syed Salahuddin didn't cross over to Pakistan to contest elections, but for the resolution of long-pending Kashmir dispute.
Interrupting Ganai, BJP's MLC Ramesh Arora, said, "Every member has right to express their views, but there should be some parameters or self censorship to avoid embarassing situations".
PDP members continued to interrupt Ganie during his speech.
Amid chaos, Chairman Anayat Ali gave time to other member, superseding Ganai.
Following this, Ganai tore the papers and walked out of the house.