Guru’s execution miscarriage of justice: Kashmiri leaders
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Islamabad, Jan 10: Denouncing the hanging of Afzal Guru the Kashmiri leaders hailing from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday termed his execution as “miscarriage of justice” and a stark violation of basic human rights.
Kashmiri leaders who visited the hunger strike camp of JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik in Islamabad today expressed grief over Afzal’s hanging.
Speaking on the occasion PaK Prime Minister Chudhary Majeed said: “By hanging Afzal Guru New Delhi has committed murder of democracy. Kashmiri people are engaged in a just struggle. At this hour of grief the people as well as all the political parties of PaK stood by our Kashmiri brethren and shall continue all out support to Kashmir cause.”
He announced that a complete strike would be observed in PaK on (Monday) as a mark of protest against the hanging of Guru.
Speaking briefly on the occasion, PML-N leader Shah Ghulam Qadir, Abdul Rasheed Turabi, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, G N Nowshari and Professor Hafiz Saeed said that such acts won’t deter Kashmiris from pursuing their collective cause. Expressing complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir, they said that the incumbent regime must shun its policy of appeasing to India.
Expressing reservations vis-à-vis the budding bonhomie between the two countries speakers said since the initiation of dialogue process and enhancing trade ties it has been observed that the India’s approach had become even more aggressive and cunning against Kashmiris.
They said during recent years more than two dozen Kashmiri youth were awarded life imprisonment sentences and now the hanging of Guru was yet another startling revelation of Indian high handedness and cruelty.
They said that in view of the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir, the government as well as the political leadership of the country (Pak) must adopt a clear cut policy on Kashmir. “On one hand peace talks, trade, exchange of cultural delegations and peace marches are being held while on the other Kashmiris are being killed and hanged to death mercilessly”, they said adding that Indo-Pak dialogue process and human rights violations in Kashmir can’t go together. The speakers also demanded the Government of India to handover the body of Guru to his family.
GURU’S EXECUTION HAS EXPOSED DEMOCRACY: MALIK
Speaking on the occasion, the JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik who was on a hunger strike for past 24 hours said that the hanging of Guru had exposed “so-called democracy” at international level. Expressing deep shock and sorrow over the execution, he said the announcement regarding Guru’s hanging was made three hours after when he was put to death secretly in the premises of highly guarded Tihar jail. “The blood of innocents won’t go in a vain,” he said adding that this is the word of Allah, the almighty.
“The peace-loving people across the globe are deeply hurt and were shocked by this decision,” he said.
Quoting human rights organizations reports on the issue he said the incident of Guru’s hanging was condemned at international level.
Referring to renowned Indian human rights activists Tepan Bose, he said that Bose had expressed grave concern over the situation. “I’m very upset over the sorry state of affairs, my country has become blood-thirsty country”, Malik quoted Bose as saying.
JKLF chief said that it was high time that the Indian civil society must think whether they would allow the RSS and extremists elements to took over reins of the country and impose their agenda on the people who claim to be the largest democracy in the world.
Later, funeral prayers of Afzal Guru in absentia were held outside the National Press Club. The funeral prayer was led by JI leader Ghulam Nabi Nowshahri and attended by Kashmir leaders from both sides of the LoC.
A large number of people hailing from different walks of life including politicians, civil society representative, journalists and Kashmiri traders attended the funeral prayers.
Besides Chudhary Abdul Majeed, the prime minister of PaK, Deputy speaker Shaheen Kousar Dar, leaders of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, heads of political and religious parties from PaK, civil society representatives and JKLF leaders including the supreme head of the party Ammanullah Khan, PML(N) secretary general Shah Ghulam Qadir, advocate Nabila Ershad, APHC convener Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Moulana Ghulam Nabi Nowshahri, JI chief Abdul Rasheed Turabi and Jammat-u-Dawa chief Professor Hafiz Saeed and others visited the camp to express solidarity with Malik and the bereaved family of Guru.
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