Hanging of Yakub Memon has again shifted the focus of mainstream politicians in Kashmir over the return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, with many voices gathering again to ask for the mortal remains of Guru.
The main opposition party – National Conference has demanded the return the mortal remains of Afzal Guru to his family, saying that justice cannot have different interpretations for different people.
“The system cannot differentiate based on biased presumptions and politics and that such glaring double standards between Yakub Memon’s and Afzal Guru’s case highlighted the perception of discrimination among the people of Kashmir,” NC Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said. “The party would continue to raise the demand of the return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains and would exhaust all possible options to pursue this cause of justice.”
PDP Chief Spokesperson Mehboob Beig said that government of India should return the mortal remains of the Guru on “humanitarian” basis.
“By returning the mortal remains to the family, the centre government can send a good signal to the people of the Kashmir valley. I don’t think there should be any problem to return the remains now,” he said. “It will be a good gesture by the union government if they take this step.”
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president, Ghulam Ahmed Mir said the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed should initiate the steps to demand the mortal remains of the Afzal Guru. “When they (PDP) were in opposition they would make noise that the mortal remains should be returned,” he said. “Now the PDP is the coalition partner of the BJP which is also at the centre, the Cheif Minister should initiate steps so that the family gets the mortal remains.”
Independent legislator engineer Rasheed who has been demanding mortal remains of Guru from day one and even has organized protests and brought resolutions in the state assembly said that by denying the mortal remains of Guru to his family, the government of India has “proved once again” that the J&K is a “different state”.
“It is not too late. The government of India should return the mortal remains of Guru to his family,” he said.
This is not for the first time when the political parties demanded return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru. In the past, the political parties in the valley have demanded that the remains should be returned. In-fact, the congress legislators had termed the execution as a mistake by the central government.
Separatist leaders have already demanding the mortal remains of Guru and even had kept a place vacant at Martyrs Graveyard for the mortal remains of Guru and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat who was also hanged inside Tihar jail and his body was never returned.