Omar warns against ‘selective execution’
The 43-year-old Parliament attack convict was hanged in Tihar Jail, Delhi, yesterday.
The Chief Minister observed that the long-term implications of the hanging were “far more worrying” as they were related to the new generation of youth in Kashmir “who may not have identified with Maqbool Bhat but will identify with Afzal Guru.” Bhat, a Kashmiri separatist leader, was hanged in Tihar jail in 1984 for the murder of Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre in the UK.
“Please understand that there is more than one generation of Kashmiris that has come to see themselves as victims, that has come to see themselves as a category of people who will not receive justice,” said Omar. “The execution... has reinforced that point that there is no justice for them, and that, to my mind, is far more disturbing and worrying than the short-term implications on the security front,” he added.
Omar said as long as the capital punishment exists, there should be no “pick and choose”. “The onus rests on the judiciary and the political leadership to show that this wasn’t a selective execution,” he said.
“There are others on death row who are also