ISLAMABAD: Both pro-freedom and pro-India political leaders commenting on the latest Indian Supreme Court’s verdict that has commuted the death sentence to the Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin’s into life imprisonment, have termed the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru as unjustified and politically motivated.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, reacting to the verdict said, it is an eye opener for all Kashmiris and it has vindicated their stand that Kashmiris cannot expect justice from India, Kashmir Media Service reported.
The octogenarian leader said the institutions of India act as deaf and dumb when it comes to Kashmir.
“It is evident from the SC’s decision that the laws for Kashmiris and people belonging to the Indian states are not same. “Afzal Guru was secretly hanged because he was a Kashmiri Muslim. India wants to demoralize the public sentiment of freedom among people of Kashmir with such discriminatory decisions,” he added.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the decision only reiterates their stand that Afzal Guru’s execution was carried out in violation of India’s own laws. “This has shown that New Delhi has been retributive towards the people of Kashmir. Guru was not given chance for fair trial. While India violated principles of justice and fair play in his case, it has been soft on Rajiv killers,” he said.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yaseen Malik said that pro-India politicians in Kashmir had been responsible for atrocities on Kashmiri people.
The Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Shah said hanging of Afzal Guru was carried out for political reasons. National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan said in case of Afzal Guru the family was not even allowed to see him before sending him to the gallows.
Other Hurriyet leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Zamrooda Habib, Musaddiq Aadil, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Yasmeen Raja, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Javed Ahmad Mir in their statements also criticized the verdict.
Pro-India National Conference Patron and Indian Minister, Farooq commenting on the India’s Supreme Court verdict said the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru was “absolutely unjustified”.