February 2017 News

Afzal Guru's Son Galib Demands Mortal Remains Of His Father Back, Blames Separatists Of Inaction

9 February 2017
Sameer Yasir

Sopore: Galib Guru, the son of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, said on Thursday, that he will strive for his entire life to bring back the mortal remains of his father from Tihar jail where he was buried. He also blamed the separatist leaders saying that they have failed his family to play their role in getting the remains back. 'No matter what I do, I will always strive to get the mortal remains of my father back to Kashmir, till the time I am alive,' said the 18-year-old Galib at his home in Doabgah village in Sopore. Afzal was hanged and buried inside Tihar jail complex on 9 February 2013. Hundreds of people visited the Guru family on Thursday to express solidarity with the family and demanded the mortal remains of Guru back, who was sentenced to death in 2002 for his role in planning an attack on Parliament in December 2001. 'They (Separatists) leaders have failed us. Their role was important in getting back the moral remains of my father,' Galib, who wants to study at AIIMS and become a doctor, said. 'They say India is the largest democracy in the world and that same democracy is afraid of sending the moral remains of my father back. What kind of harm it will do to the nation instead I will have a grave where I can go and pray for my father,' he said. Kashmir witnessed complete shutdown on Thursday on the fourth death anniversary of Guru, amid heightened security. In the old city of Srinagar, the government imposed curfew like restrictions to prevent protests. Yet protests broke out in several parts of the valley to press for Afzal's mortal remains. Tabasum Guru, the wife of Afzal Guru, said even after four years the government of India has failed to honour the most basic of the human rights thereby violating all the principles of ethics and human values. 'We are eagerly waiting for the day when their consciousness will be awakened and they will hand over the belongings of Guru and his writings,' Tabasum said. 'It is shame on the part of the government of India that even after four years Afzal's mortal remains are yet to be handed over to us.' The family members of both Afzal and Maqbool Bhat, who too was hanged and buried inside Tihar jail, have been long demanding the return of mortal remains and belongings of the two hanged Kashmiris. However, the centre has refused to budge. Afzal, a former Jaish-e-Muhammad militant, was hanged as his mercy petition got caught up in a political slugfest. 'Mohammad Afzal Guru emerged as an ideal, symbol of dedication and commitment. He is an ideal and his determination and dedication set precedence for our young generation,' Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat Conference leader while reiterating his demand for the return of mortal remains of both Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohamad Afzal Guru, said. 'Afzal was hanged by Indian judicial system to satisfy the collective consciousness of Indians which itself speaks volumes about the sham judgment,' Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said. 'The height of shamelessness of this biggest democracy is that it even disallowed these 'martyrs' one last chance of meeting their loved ones,' Malik said.