SrinagarAug 11, 2011:Separatists have cautioned the Centre against executing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru saying it would trigger a storm of protest which could sweep away everything in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The MHA opinion to president to hang Guru is laced with political overtones. Congress is under pressure from BJP and they are taking this step just for vote bank politics. No body believes that Guru got a fair trial. In case he is hanged there is bound to have repercussions in Kashmir. And we have examples of 2008, 2009 and 2010 unrest before us”, said Syed Saleem Geelani, spokesman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Hurriyat-G Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani questioned the impartiality of the judiciary saying Guru was not given a chance to defend in any court he knocked at for justice.
“Judicial system has not proved their impartiality vis a vis Kashmir. The accused from Kashmir are not given a chance to defend themselves. The same happened with Guru who was not given a fair trail,” he said.
The 82-year-old Separatist leader warned of serious consequences if Guru is hanged.
“IfIndia will use all its resources, the storm will not stop. The Centre is trying to intimidate the people of Kashmir by hanging Guru. But they are living in a fool’s paradise. India should read the writing on the wall and solve the Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspirations of its people,” he said
Main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also jumped on the bandwagon demanding mercy to the Parliament attack convict. PDP leadership met here on Thursday under the chairmanship of the patron Mufti Mohommad Sayeed and decided to appeal the president to take into consideration the highly sensitive situation in J&K which is trying to come to terms with huge material and human loss that it has suffered over the past two decades.
“The party feels that Guru’s is a fit case for displaying compassion in broad national interest even as it condemns strongly terrorism in any form. The party expects the president to take into consideration the universal disapproval of death penalty and also the highly fragile situation in the state. The party feels that carrying out the death sentence against the Parliament attack convict could impede the efforts at finding a way out of the political and humanitarian crisis that J&K has been facing,” said PDP General Secretary Mohommad Dilawar Mir
Afzal Guru along with Showkat Guru, his wife Afshan Guru and Delhi University teacher Abdul Rahman Geelani was charged with planning the attack on the Parliament on December 13, 2001. The Supreme Court later upheld the death sentence of Guru but acquitted Rahman Geelani and Afshan. Showkat who was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, was released recently after completing his jail term.
After the apex court verdict Guru’s wife, Tabasum and minor son, Ghalib met former President APJ Abdul Kalam and sought pardon for the Parliament attack convict. The mercy petition is still pending before the President.
with inputs from DNA