Guru’s Political Will Lies With Bar

Guru’s Political Will Lies With Bar

14 February 2013
Rising Kashmir
Towseef Ahmad

Srinagar: Kashmir Bar Association Thursday said Mohammad Afzal Guru’s political will lies with them and they will make it public at an appropriate time. “During Bar members’ visit to Tihar jail, Guru had discussed his political will with us. He had told us to make his will public after he is hanged. We will make it public at an appropriate time,” Bar Association’s executive member Bashir Sidiq told reporters. He was leading a protest demonstration outside city court here. The lawyers affiliated with Kashmir Bar Association took out a protest march in city today and demanded return of Afzal’s body. “Over the past years, we met Afzal Guru five times in Tihar Jail. During our last visit, we were not allowed to talk to him as his death sentence was confirmed,” Sidiq said. Afzal Guru, 2001 Indian parliament attack convict, was hanged secretly in Tihar Jail, Delhi on February 9. Sidiq said they would adopt legal course of action to press for return of his mortal remains. “Bar is ready to legally assist his family. We cannot approach for his body on our own. The family should approach the Bar association and we are ready for any kind of legal help,” he said. While criticizing Government of India (GoI) for burying Afzal Guru in Tihar jail premises, Sidiq said when Ajmal Kasab was hanged, the government had announced that they would return his body, if anybody comes forward and claims it. “Afzal Guru was having nationality of India and still GoI is reluctant to return his mortal remains to his family, who are demanding it from the day he was hanged on February 9,” he said. While refuting claims that Bar had not provided any legal help to Afzal Guru, Sidiq said he and his family never sought any legal help from them. “His family did not approach us for any kind of help and it was practically impossible for us to plead in other State because of lack of security.” He termed hanging of Afzal Guru as a political decision rather than a judicial one. “The GoI hanged him it to ‘satisfy the conscience of people’. It was more a political decision as his mercy petition was having 27th number. The authorities have adopted ‘pick and choose’ strategy. Congress was facing political heat and Afzal Guru was made a scapegoat,” he added. The Bar members alleged that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had given consent to hanging of Afzal Guru.