Mufti urges return of Afzal’s body
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 02/11/2013 at 7:34AM
Comments | Region: India
Mufti said it was sad that our democratic system could not accommodate some basic decency and legal requirements in dealing with an issue that could have very serious impact on the state and its future. He said clemency to Afzal would only have lifted the democratic profile of the country, enhanced its prestige and sent a positive message of accommodation to people of the state. "If there ever was an overwhelming reason to use the provision of commutation provided by our constitution both for legal and political reasons it was this", he said.
Referring to the setback suffered by peace process in Kashmir Mufti said the latest events have unfortunately created a sense of defeat among a people who have been bruised by six and a half decades of uncertainty and bloody history. "I wish it doesn’t consume another generation of Kashmiri youth but one cannot wish away the apprehension" Mufti said.
Mufti said it is no good to regret the inability of the government to deny Afzal’s family a last mandatory meeting with him or deny his body to the family. This he said reduces Mahatama Gandhi’s country, world’s largest democracy and a genuine candidate for super power status as a banana republic, he said.
Mufti said by the extent and scale of curbs put on normal life