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PDP isn’t shy: ‘Afzal hanging travesty of justice, work to return his remains’

“PDP has always maintained that late Afzal Guru’s hanging was travesty of justice," said a group of PDP legislators.

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Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru

A day after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed credited Pakistan and Hurriyat for peaceful polls in J&K, the ruling PDP on Monday raked up another controversy by stating that justice was not followed in hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, promising to vigorously follow for the return of his mortal remains to his family.

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“PDP has always maintained that late Afzal Guru’s hanging was travesty of justice and constitutional requirements and process was not followed in hanging him out of turn,” said a group of PDP legislators in a written statement circulated to media.

“PDP stands by the demand for return of his (Guru’s) mortal remains, and the party promises to follow vigorously for the return of the mortal remains,” the PDP statement said.

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“We believe that the resolution brought by Er. Rashid to seek clemency for late Afzal Guru was justified and should have been adopted by the House at that time,” the legislators added.

In 2011, the resolution seeking clemency for Guru could not be taken up in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly due to pandemonium in the House.

The resolution became void as according to rules, any listed business that does not come up for discussion would lapse.

The legislators who signed the statement are Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, Raja Manzoor Ahmad, Mohd Abas Wani, Yawar Dilawar Mir, Advocate Mohd Yosuf, Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Noor Mohd Sheikh.

The written statement appears to have been issued to seek the crucial one vote of independent Engineer Rashid to win both the seats in Legislative Council from Kashmir. However, PDP could win only one seat losing the other to its arch political rival NC.

The BJP, meanwhile, has condemned the demand made by a group of PDP MLAs that the mortal remains of Afzal Guru be returned, asking its ally to shun “this type of politics”.

The party asserted that it practises zero tolerance on terrorism.

“Terror has no religion. We condemn this type of politics. Terrorism is an enemy of humanity and the whole country should unite to root this out. BJP believes in zero tolerance to terrorism,” BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

 

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