Kargil martyrs' kin hurt

Soldiers' families anguished by Azam Khan's remarks

Samajwadi Party  general secretary and UP minister Azam Khan's remark that the Kargil war was won by ‘Muslim soldiers only' has deeply hurt the families of the Kargil martyrs here.

Families of several Kargil martyrs here expressed their anguish over Khan's remark and deplored what they termed efforts to “communalise” the country's armed forces.  
“Politicians should think before speaking on such issues.

For the first time I came to know that those who fight for the country are Hindus and Muslims. I used to think that Indians fight for the country,” said a visibly hurt Kamala Dwivedi, the wife of  martyr Lance Naik Kewalanand Dwivedi.

Another Kargil martyr Sunil Jung's mother Veena sought to know from Azam Khan if he had lost any member of his own family in the Kargil war. “It is a shameful remark and a humiliation of the martyrs,” she added.

Father of  Kargil martyr Captain Manoj Pandey also decried the remark and said that such statements would cause the people of the country to doubt the patriotism of such politicians.

Retired soldiers also lashed out at Khan for what they termed an “irresponsible remark” and said that such remarks could “demoralise” the armed forces.

While addressing an election rally recently at Ghaziabad, the minister had reportedly said that the Kargil war had been won by “Muslim soldiers and not Hindu soldiers”.

He, however, made a U-turn after being snubbed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

“I always say that the Muslim soldiers had also fought the battles on the hills of Kargil along with their Hindu and Sikh brethren'',  Khan said later in a statement issued here.
Akhilesh said everyone had contributed to the Kargil victory.

“Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians – all had contributed in the Kargil war,” Akhilesh had said on Wednesday.

The Election Commission  has taken cognisance of the remarks and sought Compact Disc of  the speech of the general secretary of SP.

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