MLA Demands Plebiscite, Calls Afzal Martyr

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SRINAGAR: Describing Afzal Guru a martyr and a  freedom fighter, MLA Langate Eng Rasheed Friday said that Afzal’s execution will lead to solution of the Kashmir issue.

He said that Afzal has given blood and he was hopeful that his sacrifice will help in paving the way for the resolution of the decades long Kashmir Issue.

Rasheed was talking to media persons after the Speaker, Mubarak Gul adjourned the morning session of the Assembly due to uproar in the House over Guru issue.

He said that New Dehli should understand that by hanging Afzal they have themselves landed in trouble. “After they refused to hand over the mortal remains of Afzal to his family, Hurriyat by default was bestowed with an issue for which they had to do nothing. Now, Hurriyat will be praying that Centre should not return the mortal remains of Afzal Guru to his family as they have got a weapon to mobilize people on roads,” he said.

Reacting sharply to allegations leveled by Congress Minister Sham Lal Sharma against him inside the House for being a pro-Pakistani and Anti-Indian, he said that I am ready to go to jail or even to be executed. I am not Pakistani, nor will I resign from the Assembly. “If demanding plebiscite which is the basic right of Kashmiri people is a crime, then why Jawaher Lal Nehru was not hanged, when he reserved this right for Kashmiri’s in United Nations way back in 1948. Why Azad Kashmir is not allowed to merge with this part of Kashmir, if UN has given this right to Kashmir’s,” he questioned.

Earlier in the morning, Sham Lal Sharma had targeted Rasheed inside the House and described him a pro Pakistani leader. Sharma quipped, “Rasheed has lost his right to stand in Assembly as he has shown utter disregard towards the Governor of the state while he was addressing in the House.

Rasheed said that if Jammu and Kashmir would not had been a disputed territory, then no one will have dared to hang Afzal, as according to him it was clear by Home Ministers speech that Afzal was hanged to satisfy the collective conscience of people of India only and not because he had committed any crime. According to him Majority of people in India did not want Afzal to be executed.

He urged upon the Centre to interpret the letter written by Afzal to his lawyer in which he has mentioned names of some Shanti, Devinder Singh and Tariq. 

According to him it was strange on part of the Government of India that it has not bothered to initiate any investigation and make it public who these people are and what is their role in Parliament episode. (CNS)

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