After Omar, Owaisi says Guru’s hanging will alienate Kashmiris


By News Desk

Member Parliament from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi who was part of All Party delegation which visited Kashmir at the peak of summer unrest in September 2010, Monday seconded Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s yesterday’s statement that hanging of Afzal Guru would reinforce a sense of alienation and injustice among generation of youth in Kashmir.

“It is good that the Chief Minister accepts it. But I am surprised that he is saying it now when the event has already happened,” he said.

Owaisi urged the government that Guru’s wife should be allowed to visit his grave in Tihar jail without any delay. “It is pathetic that his family wasn’t allowed to meet him before the hanging,” he rued.

Asked to comment on Guru’s family’s plea that his body should be returned, the All India Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin chief said, “We will have to go by the jail manual and if there is a provision it should be allowed.”

Coming down heavily on the state government for imposing curbs on newspaper publications in Kashmir, he said, “We should not allow the situation to go back to 2010. Government should allow the media to work freely in Kashmir.”

The Hyderabad MP said that the visit of All Party delegation in 2010 helped to create confidence among the masses. “Appointment of interlocutors helped the situation to become normal. However, it is unfortunate that the report which the interlocutors submitted to the Union Home Ministry last year hasn’t been debated in the Parliament yet.”

Asked whether the credibility of the All Party delegation and interlocutors was at the stake, he said, “The report of the interlocutors should be debated in the Parliament. People should come to know about the fate of their recommendations.” (KNS)

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