Washington, February 18 : In United States, the students of George Washington University along with many Kashmiris observed a Candle Light Vigil outside the White House to remember Muhammad Afzal Guru.The vigil was aimed to bring attention to the fact that Muhammad Afzal Guru was not given fair trial. Many American scholars and analysts working on Kashmir also joined the students. Muskan Mumtaz, an undergrad student at George Washington University, speaking on the occasion said, “Guru was not given a fair trial. He was not provided a lawyer of his choice. There was no direct evidence against him. Today we stand here to expose the deep flaws of the Indian judicial system.

George Washington University along with many Kashmiris observed a Candle Light Vigil outside the White House to remember Muhammad Afzal Guru.The vigil was aimed to bring attention to the fact that Muhammad Afzal Guru was not given fair trial. 18-Feb-13,

George Washington University along with many Kashmiris observed a Candle Light Vigil outside the White House to remember Muhammad Afzal Guru.The vigil was aimed to bring attention to the fact that Muhammad Afzal Guru was not given fair trial. 18-Feb-13
Speaking at the event Tanveer Wani, who has been actively involved in India-Pakistan peace process, said, “It was an unfortunate execution. Hanging a person to ‘satisfy the collective conscience of nation and not the law was unjust, and deserves condemnation. By doing this, the Supreme Court of India has set a bad precedent. His secretive execution followed by a clampdown on the Kashmiris was more saddening and condemnable”.

Brain Cooley, an analyst on Kashmir said, “This unfortunate incident gives us an opportunity to see Kashmir through a humanitarian spectrum rather than through an Indo-Pak political prism.” He added that there was a need of initiating a constructive dialogue to address the issue, which if left lingering may have bad consequences for the whole region.

Connord, a researcher at American University, Ehtisham, Shuja , Sana Shah, and Sana Ashai also spoke on the occasion.

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