Srinagar, February 10 (Kashmir Voice): The hanging of Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Afzal Guru, in the case of attack on Indian Parliament has evoked widespread condemnation.
According to media sources, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house arrest in New Delhi, in a media interview denouncing the action demanded an immediate handing over of the body of Afzal Guru to the Kashmiris for offering the last rites in accordance with Islamic traditions. He termed the hanging of Guru as beginning of a new chapter in the freedom movement of Kashmir. “This is a part of India’s election drama and a step motivated by electoral considerations in which Kashmiris are being made sacrificial lambs,” the Mirwaiz said, adding that it was unfortunate that the family of Afzal Guru had not been informed nor given any sort of information. He deplored the fact that Afzal Guru had not received a fair trial.
The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, who is also under house arrest in New Delhi, in an interview to a Srinagar-based daily said that Guru’s hanging was murder of democracy and imposition of curfew in occupied Kashmir was against basic principles of democracy.
Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, who is under house arrest, in his statement said that execution of Afzal Guru had made it clear that Kashmiris were not safe till they achieved complete freedom from India. He said that New Delhi could not suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle by awarding punishment to Kashmiri youth in false cases.
Another senior APHC leader, Bilal Ghani Lone, in his statement said that decision of hanging Guru by the Govt of India was unfortunate and barbaric.
Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, who is lodged at Saddar Police Station in Srinagar, according to the party spokesman, also condemned the hanging of Guru while terming it a milestone in the freedom movement of Kashmir.
The Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief, Aasiya Andrabi, in her statement condemned the hanging of Afzal Guru, describing it a collective grief for all Kashmiris. She said that the Government of India was looking for the opportunity to hang Afzal Guru and when it got the opportunity it lost no time in doing the task. She also castigated the occupation authorities for imposing curfew in the occupied territory.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a press conference in Islamabad said, “By hanging Muhammad Afzal Guru, New Delhi has once again proved that it is not interested in resolving the Kashmir issue.” He said that the people of Kashmir would continue their fight till the liberation movement was taken to its logical end. He castigated New Delhi for not allowing Afzal to meet his family members before executing him. “India’s tall claims of being the largest democracy of the world have proved to be a hoax. Afzal Guru was hanged illegally and undemocratically. Decision of not handing over his body to his family members is contrary to every civilized law,” he added.
APHC leader, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, in a statement expressed deep shock and anguish over the tragic episode of Afzal Guru’s hanging. “Afzal Guru’s hanging is, in essence, the beginning of the new phase of resistance in Kashmir. The valiant and chivalrous youth feel aggrieved, offended and infuriated due to the dictatorial rule of Delhi. The brew and stew of rancor and acrimony is palpable. Kashmiris have resolved to withstand the onslaught of New Delhi at all costs,” he said. He urged the Muslim world to express total solidarity with the heroic people of Kashmir.
Another APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, in his statement termed the action against principle of human justice. He said that the people of Kashmir would not be deterred from the path of freedom movement through such tactics.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Farooq Ahmad Dar, termed the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru, as the murder of an innocent man. “Before execution of Guru, the Government of India had hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in the similar circumstances on February 11, 1984, in Tihar Jail, New Delhi,” he said.
The General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, in his statement denounced the hanging of Afzal Guru and imposition of curfew in the occupied territory. He said that such tactics could not suppress the Kashmiri people and they would continue their liberation struggle to its logical conclusion.
The Chairman of United Jihad Council, Syed Salahuddin, in his statement said that Afzal Guru’s execution reflected New Delhi’s imperialism and his martyrdom would produce lakhs of heroes like him. He pointed out that New Delhi used its every organ and agency to implicate Kashmiri leaders in false case and sent them to gallows.
The President of JKLF-UK zone, Azmat Khan, condemning Afzal Guru’s hanging described it a mockery of justice. KASHMIR VOICE
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