Afzal Guruís execution miscarriage of justice: Sajad Lone
Srinagar, Feb 9: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone has called the execution of Afzal Guru a ďgrave miscarriage of justice.Ē
ďGuruís hanging is a ruthless political decision shorn of any sensitivity. This is yet again an instance of total disregard being shown to the sensitivities and perceptions of the people of Kashmir,Ē Sajad said in a statement.
He said the people of Kashmir had serious reservations over the quality of legal defense that was made available to Afzal Guru. ďIn the context of the media-trial, Guru stood convicted even before the trial could have begun,Ē he said. ďIn a brazen show of insensitivity, even the constitutional provisions of the procedure of considering clemency were ignored.Ē
Describing ruling National Conference as co-author of Guruís hanging Sajad said, ďWe see the National Conference, which is a part of the UPA government, as a willing co-author of the decision to hang Afzal Guru. The National Conference has been a common and enthusiastic script-writer when ever the son-of-the-soil was hanged- be it Maqbool Bhat or now Afzal Guru. National Conference has three members of Parliament and one senior cabinet minister in the UPA government and if they in fact are serious about their reservation about this hanging, let them recall their minister from the UPA cabinet and withdraw their support.Ē
ďThe current Legislative Assembly is also a partner and an accomplice to this hanging since they categorically chose not to support a clemency resolution presented before it by an independent MLA,Ē he said.
Sajad said that Peoples Conference wants to put it on record that this will contribute further to the isolation and alienation mindset of a Kashmiri viz-a-viz the dispensation of justice by the system in the long run.
We demand that the remains of Guru be handed over to his family and as a Kashmiri, his right to be buried in his soil be upheld at all costs.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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