Why Guru’s sentence was not commuted: Er Rashid

SRINAGAR: While welcoming the commuting of death sentence of 15 convicts to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court Tuesday, Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) today said the decision also exposes the ‘double standards of Indian democracy’ when it comes to Kashmir.

In to a statement, AIP chairman and MLA Er Rashid said, “Though the wounds of hanging of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat will never heal but we still feel some satisfaction as hanging anybody anywhere under any circumstance is an absolutely inhuman and cruel act.”

“By commuting the death sentence of 15 persons who were on the death row and hanging Afzal Guru India has proved that it is not even ready to own Kashmiris as its third class citizens but has also proved that Kashmir can’t be India and India can’t be Kashmir.” 

He said the decision many raises questions anew, “Why Afzal Guru was not allowed to file a review petition when his mercy petition was hurriedly rejected by the president of India despite figuring at serial no. 20 in the list of death row prisoners. Why couldn’t Afzal Guru’s death sentence be commuted on the same grounds on which death sentence of 15 persons has been commuted today. Why did Indian State turn so inhuman that it didn’t even hand over the dead body of Afzal to his family.” 

Rashid added that these ‘double standards” were enough to claim that India neither cares for the sentiments of Kashmiri people nor wants to have a uniform yardstick for delivering justice. 

“Today’s decision is a moral victory for Kashmiris in the long run as myth of India’s claims calling Kashmir as its integral part stands exposed.”

Er Rashid also reminded Kashmiri leaders that today’s Supreme Court verdict should be an eye opener for all the politicians claiming to represent sentiments of Kashmiri people in and outside assembly and said that Kashmiri leaders must understand that India does not take any Kashmiri leader seriously nor treats any one as a threat to its ill and vested designs, the reason being Kashmiris are a divided house. 

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