Hanging Afzal will have serious consequences: Shah

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SRINAGAR – Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah was once again put under house arrest and prevented from going to Sopore, said the DFP spokesperson in a statement here.

 Shah claimed that the 2001 parliament attack convict, Muhammad Afzal Guru is innocent and was not involved in any subversive activities. He said the fact has also been recognized by Indian Advocates.

 “Afzal Guru is innocent and if he is hanged only because of being a Kashmiri then it will be considered that it is being done to quell the freedom struggle,” Shah said.

 “They think that by hanging an innocent Kashmir will quell the freedom struggle but this is not the case. The authorities have not learnt a lesson. When they hanged Maqbool Bhat the whole Kashmir valley erupted against it,” he said adding that it would be a clarion call for the whole Kashmiri nation to stand for their freedom struggle.

“If they try to repeat the mistake then the consequences will be much more serious and intense. With the martyrdom of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, freedom struggle in the valley was infused with a new vigour and heartiness and brought up the issue at the international level. Lakhs of people voluntarilyy joined the freedom struggle braving the bullets without caring for their lives,” he said.

“But now the issue has now been internationalized and hanging of Afzal Guru will have serious repercussions and will turn the tide that India will not be able to stop”, he added.

He also asked the Indian establishment to learn lessons from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi who has said that from every drop of blood from a freedom struggle 999 new freedom fighters will arise. If an innocent Kashmiri is hanged then Kashmiri youth will be left with no option but to come out for demanding their rights.

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