Afzal Guru execution disappointing: Mehbooba Mufti
“While the hanging should not have been carried out, the return of Afzal's body was the least the government could do to show its concern for humanitarian values,” the PDP president said.
Mehbooba said the PDP believed that whatever the requirements of legal process, there was a need for the government to take into consideration the overall political impact of this execution, which is the reason why the option of mercy has been provided under the constitution.
She said the PDP had, keeping this in view, made an appeal to the President of India in 2011 to grant clemency to Guru and commute his death sentence into life imprisonment.
“We feel that at a time when there is a need to step up measures to reduce the trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, the execution of Afzal Guru could produce results to the contrary. Our party is generally in favour of scrapping death penalty from the statute book and we reiterate that position once again,” Mufti said.
Referring to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's claim that he had no role in carrying out the execution, Mehbooba said the state government cannot be absolved of its responsibility in taking this crucial decision that can have long term political implications on the state.
“The NC is part of the UPA and it must share the responsibility
hanging is not wrongManjit | 10-Feb-2013Reply | Forward It is wrong that the wife of Afzal had not been informed.If strive could be made for Kasab's family in Pakistan then she is in India..It is not decided in 1 day.Everything goes according to the norms.And the letter was posted for her family with two speed post earlier.
Sick of people fighting for rights of terrorists and rapistsMegha | 10-Feb-2013Reply | Forward What about the rights of the nine people who were killed in the attack? This execution will serve as a warning to terrorists and will save many future lives.
THREE WRONGS ...Indus | 09-Feb-2013Reply | Forward Firstly, no civilized country will resort to "hanging" as it is a primitive method. Secondly, as ex-justice Krishna Iyer stated, execution is wrong, nobody has the right to take away life. Thirdly, Indian officials have flouted all basic human rights - Guru's wife was neither informed of the hanging nor was she given the opportunity to see her husband before hanging. The government had the obligation to notify Guru's wife before hanging. So what the Indian government did was terribly wrong and a violation of law.
@ indusRavi | 27-Feb-2013Reply | Forward How about the people died in that parliament attack? were their families informed before killing them? dont talk bullshit, government hanged a criminal who helped pakistani militants to enter in india and kill innocent people. I dont understand why our gout took this decision so late. As most of the muslim countries and other countries decisions are quick. If caught for doing wrong, hang or kill. If you talk any thing towards a terrorist, then you should be sent to pakistan by our government.