Jammu, March 04: Observing that hanging of Parliament attack convict, Mohammad Afzal Guru was not in the overall interests of the country, the CPI (M) State Secretary and Member Legislative Assembly Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today said that hanging of Guru without informing his family members has contributed neither in national unity nor the national security adding that it is bound to help only those who want to under- mine the fabric of the country.
Participating in a debate on adjournment motion on hanging of Afzal Guru and return of his mortal remains to his family in the legislative assembly today, Tarigami said that the circumstances under which the episode took place shall have serious implications on the social and political sphere of the state as it has exposed how major decisions of national importance are made on petty political considerations without caring of its fallout.The episode has also put a question mark on the judicial and constitutional system of the country, Tarigami added.
He asked by this action of the state whose collective conscience got satisfied? Of those who are forced to commit suicide in different parts of the country or of those who are forced to starve having no sufficient food to eat or of those who have been rendered hopeless. This is only the tiny section of elite, a section of media and those jingoist elements who have no concern for our plural and democratic ethos who might have got satisfied. He cautioned that people of Kashmir can conclude that Afzal Guru has been hanged only because of certain narrow political considerations and that this is the selective execution. It is unfortunate that UPA govt. has responded to the vociferous demand raised by the BJP and Sangh pariwar. It is sad that Sangh pariwar is setting an agenda which is being responded to by those who claim to be followers of Mahatama Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. Had this execution helped the process of normalization in Kashmir? The answer is no. It has only provided oxygen to those who are desperate to undermine the peace process. A feeling of alienation has been strengthened further. And the feeling that a Kashmiri is expendable while those from other parts of India are not will only be reinforced.
However, he appealed the youth of the state not to fall prey to those who have no concern for their future adding that you need a good and dignified life not frustration and anger. All of us together must work hard for a better and dignified future of our people. Only a sustained, determined and serious collective effort can make it possible.
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