Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, journalists have strongly condemned the former so-called minister and BJP leader, Chaudhary Lal Singh’s threatening remarks made in context of the Kathua rape and murder.

Lal Singh who was earlier ousted from the so-called cabinet for rallying in support of the rapists and killers of Kathua minor girl, Aasifa Bano, addressing media persons in Jammu asked the Kashmiri journalists to mend their ways vis-à-vis reporting the case. He said that the Kashmiri journalists seemed to be waiting to be killed just as Shujaat Bukhari was. Shujaat was assassinated by unknown gunmen outside his office in Srinagar on June 14, 2018.

Senior journalist and Kashmir Times Editor, Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, termed the statement of Lal Singh as obnoxious. “This is a horrible statement ever made, and one shall keep in mind that it has come from a person who is supporting rape culprits. He has no business passing insensitive statements on journalists who are performing their professional duties,” she said.

Mufti Islah, CNN-News 18 correspondent, said FIR should be lodged against Lal Singh. “Kashmiri journalists have been coming across such statements since 1990, but they are too brave to feel threatened by Singh,” he said.

Editor-in-Chief Kashmir Life, Masood Hussain, termed the statement threatening. “We demand action against him. We retain the right to go to the police and register a formal case,” he said.

The social media users lashed at the BJP leader for using derogatory language against the journalists. “Thank you Choudhary Lal Singh for opening eyes of minuscule groups of India boot licking Kashmiris who raised their fingers towards mujahideen for Shujaat’s assassination (sic),” wrote Muzafer Wani on Facebook.

Noted journalist, Pallavi Ghosh, also condemned the threats hurled by Lal Singh on the Valley-based journalists. “Lal Singh’s threat to Kashmiri journos! Absolutely condemnable,” she wrote.

Television journalist, Aditya Raj Kaul, said, “BJP’s Lal Singh is such an embarrassment. One can’t point out which of his all statements are more juvenile, immature and outrageous. He was a liability for Congress, and now is for BJP.”

“Why this BJP goon Lal Singh is roaming free when he has openly threatened Kashmiri journalists? His remarks have raised some serious questions. He has exposed himself and in fact his whole criminal brigade. Why should we remain tight-lipped over this criminal barking? Let us speak and speak with courage (sic),” said Peerzada Aarif using facebook.


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