Pakistan Parliament Passes Resolution Against Guru´s Hanging

Pakistan Parliament Passes Resolution Against Guru´s Hanging

14 March 2013
Rising Kashmir
Rezaul H Laskar

Islamabad: Pakistan's parliament Thursday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded the return of his body to his family. Two days before it completes its five-year term, the National Assembly or lower house of parliament passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir. Besides condemning the hanging of Guru, 2001 Parliament attack convict, the resolution expressed concern at the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of Guru’s execution. The House called for Guru's body to be handed over to his family. Guru was hanged and buried within Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9. His execution triggered protests in Jammu and Kashmir. The parliamentary resolution further said the international community should not remain as silent spectators in efforts to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. It said steps should be taken to implement the United Nations Security Council's resolutions on the Kashmir issue. The resolution called for an end to alleged killings in Jammu and Kashmir and the removal of the army from towns and cities of the Kashmir. It further said all prisoners should be freed, 'black laws' repealed and curfew withdrawn from the region. The resolution also said authorities should end curfew, lift a 'blackout' of the media and free jailed Kashmiri leaders and youth. There should be no restrictions on religious activities and international human rights groups should be allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir, the resolution said. It contended that the Kashmiri people were engaged in a movement for their right to self-determination. The House said Kashmiris were 'not alone in this movement as the whole of Pakistan was with them'. The resolution reiterated Pakistan's diplomatic, political and moral support for the Kashmiri people. It further contended that the Kashmir region was a disputed area and not an 'internal issue of India'.