Srinagar, Jan 18 (PTI) Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq criticised Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh for his remarks terming 2018 as a remarkable year for the force for killing 250 militants.Also Read - Drone Shot Down in J&K's Kanachak, Explosive Material Recovered

“The statement of Army (commander) that 2018 was a remarkable year for them in Kashmir as they killed over 250 militants is extremely unfortunate,” the Mirwaiz told a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Death Toll Rises to 31 in Landslide, House-collapse Incidents; NDRF Ends Search & Rescue Ops

He was responding to the remarks of Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh in which he reportedly said that 2018 has been a great year for the security forces as more than 250 terrorists were killed, 54 were caught alive and four surrendered to the forces. Also Read - Delimitation, Statehood, Assembly Elections | 5 Takeways From PM Modi's All-Party Meet With J&K Leaders

The Mirwaiz claimed many Army officers have in their write-ups and lectures admitted that Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem that has to be resolved politically.

“Instead of admitting this, the armed force of a country that prides itself in the history of its freedom struggle…sells the killings of these armed youths as a great achievement to people of India,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.