Thousands of yet to be misguided youth in Jammu & Kashmir are demonstrating against a Delhi court order to send Jaish-e-Mohammed Militant and parliament attack accused Mohammed Afzal to the gallows. Their cause is championed by a distinguished member of Sonia Gandhi’s kitchen cabinet and J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad and the usual suspects in our “leftist crap dishing” media. They were fully ready with sob stories of Afzal’s 68 year old mother, wife and six year old Kid.
Post-Friday prayer protests turned violent in Srinagar as angry protestors demanding Afzal Guru’s release, who has been given the death sentence in the Parliament attack case, resorted to heavy stone pelting.
A Delhi court had on September 26 ordered Afzal to be hanged till death in Tihar jail on October 20 for his role in the December 13, 2001, terror attack on Indian Parliament.
Hundreds of youths(Buddhist, Christian, Quakers??) gathered outside mosques in various localities of downtown Srinagar after the Friday prayers and held protests.
Around 6,000 locals marched in Anantnag town carrying banners in favour of Afzal Guru.
“Hang all Kashmiris or release Afzal,” said the banners carried by protestors in Anantnag town where the procession was led by south Kashmir chief priest Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir.
Meanwhile, Congress on Friday sought to distance itself from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s plea for mercy to Afzal.
“I am neither endorsing, nor rejecting what the chief minister has said… It will be one of the inputs in the decision-making process… Congress has noted the proposal,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.
Several mainstream and separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir, sinking their differences, have joined hands to seek review of Afzal’s death penalty.
National Conference President and former Union Minister Omar Abdullah pleaded for review of the death verdict.
“Our efforts are at present focussed on making the dialogue process a success and restoring the atmosphere of peace and security in the state. “Steps” such as execution of Guru have potential to squander all these efforts and make the matters worse. We cannot afford to ignore the “sentiments and aspirations” of the people,” Abdullah said.
People’s Democratic Party Chief Mehbooba Mufti held the same view as well. The execution will have an adverse impact on the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan(what???), and the situation in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir, she said.
Hurriyat Conference (moderate faction) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement from New York, expressed deep ‘shock and anguish’ over the court verdict.
“Death sentence in 21st century is an inhuman, immoral and barbarous step,” he said. (So was the murder of 10 people including a gardener)
The Kashmir Bar Association and several other separatist leaders such as Hurriyat Conference (breakaway) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Democratic Freedom Party President Shabir Ahmed Shah, National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Democratic Liberation Party Chairman Hashim Qureshi, People’s Conference Chairman Sajjad Ghani Lone and rival JKLF leader Javed Mir besides militant organisations have also ‘denounced’ and protested the court order.
Government offices, educational institutions, banks and traffic were adversely affected even as markets remained shut in all the major and minor towns of the Valley in response to a shut down call by hardliner separatist leader and chairman of the breakaway All Parties Hurriyat Conference group Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The frontline militant group Hizbul Mujaheedin, Kashmir Bar Association, Women’s separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat and other separatist groups supported the shut down call. Srinagar witnessed total closure of markets, educational institutions and banks while attendance in government offices was badly affected because of non-availability of public transport in the city.
This terrorist belongs to the group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar after he was released in exchange of the passengers of IC-814 in Kandahar.
He was very much involved in the 13/12/2001 attack on Parliament which killed nearly 10 people including a gardener. He was accused of being the main co-ordinator in the whole plot. He is the one who even bought the car which was used in the attack.
He was convicted for his crimes by due process of law and his sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court; yet he is seen as “innocent” by almost the entire J&K political establishment and muslim religious leaders and ofcourse the “youth”.
Makes one wonder whether there is any distinction at all called Moderate/Radicals. They all seem to be merely playing the game of Good cop/Bad cop to bring the infidels to their knees. Read more at Fjordman’s brilliant Essay- Why we cannot rely on moderate muslims?