Srinagar, April 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Indian Supreme Court’s observation about Mohammad Afzal Guru while staying the execution of eight death row prisoners whose mercy petitions were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this week, has evoked sharp criticism from Muhammad Afzal Guru’s family, Hurriyet leaders and lawyers community questioning the double standards of India.
During an urgent hearing that took place at Justice P Sathasivam’s residence in New Delhi, a division bench of the apex court that stayed the execution of eight death row prisoners convicted in different murder cases, observed, “It should not happen as it happened in the Jammu and Kashmir case (Afzal’s hanging).”
Mohammad Yasin Malik, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) reacting to the observation said that ‘President Pranab Mukherjee dishonoured the constitution of India himself by rejecting the mercy plea of Guru in a secretive manner’.
“One should see the case of Afzal Guru, right from rejection of his mercy plea. It was the president himself who killed the constitution by rejecting his plea secretly and now providing him an opportunity to go for judicial review of his decision.”
The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) President Zafar Qureshi termed the Supreme Court observation a vindication of Bar’s stand that Guru’s execution was selective and Guru was not allowed to avail the right of judicial review after his mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Mohammad Yasin Guru, the cousin of Afzal Guru, said, “This shows how Kashmiris are treated differently by India. It shows the double standards of India that treats the citizens of its so-called Atoot Ang differently. It also shows how seriously the puppet government in Kashmir is taken by India.”
MLA of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdul Rasheed, believes that the observation vindicates his stand that India has always used a different yardstick for the Kashmiris.
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