PDP disappointed at Afzal hanging

Srinagar, February 9  (Scoop News) –The Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) today in a statement said that "We have learnt about the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru with a sense of disappointment. We believe that whatever the requirements of legal process, there was a need for the government to take into consideration the overall political impact of this execution, which is why the option of mercy has been provided under our constitution.

 

" The PDP had, keeping this in view made an appeal to the president of India in 2011 to grant clemency to Afzal Guru and convert his death sentence into life imprisonment. We feel that at a time when there is a need to step up measures to reduce the trust deficit between the state and rest of the country the execution of Afzal Guru could produce results to the contrary. Our party is generally in favour of scrapping death penalty from the statute book and we reiterate that position once again.

"The party demands that the body of Afzal Guru should be handed over to his family for proper last rites.

"We also believe that the state government cannot be absolved of its responsibility in taking this crucial decision that can have long term political implications on the state. The NC is part of the UPA and it must share the responsibility for this decision.

"We appeal for restraint as the people of the state have already suffered too long and too much with loss of life in 2010 only the latest which awaits closure."

It may be mentioned that Geelani, was also awarded capital punishment in the Parliament attack case by the trial court but acquitted by the Supreme Court in October 2003.

Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.

On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.

They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.

Guru was arrested by five hours after the attack from a bus stand in the national capital.

 

Meanwhile Protest demonstrations have rocked Chenab Valley against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Reports reaching here said that hundreds of people in Doda town and Kishtwar outside the Deputy Commissioner office have assembled and are holding peaceful demonstration against the hanging.

No untoward incident or violence has been reported so far from any part of the region.

Meanwhile Chairman Bhaderwah-Chirala forum and Senior PDP Leader Mehboob Iqbal said that People Democratic Party is disappointed with the decision of hanging Afzal Guru and says National Conference and Congress are part of this decision.

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