Chidambaram’s statement indicates Afzal Guru was unfairly hanged, Says Ali Raza Syed
Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed has said that former Home Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s statement over Afzal Guru’s case showed that the Kashmir freedom leader was unfairly hanged.
In a statement from Brussels, Ali Raza Syed said, the former minister’s statement brings the justice system of India under a severe question. “Afzal Guru was hanged because he was a Kashmiri as Indian justice system does not work in case of Kashmir,” he argued.
It is important to mentioned that in an interview, published on Thursday, to an Indian news paper, ‘The Economic Times’, Chidamabaram has said, “I think it is possible to hold an honest opinion that the Afzal Guru case was perhaps not correctly decided.”
Chairman Kashmir Council EU asked international community to assign an international investigation in case of Afzal Guru and pressure India to assist in reopening the case in order to expose the facts behind injustice in this particular case.
Ali Raza Syed said, Afzal Guru had always denied his involvement in the 2001 Indian Parliament attacks but despite of that he was discriminately executed by the authorities and forcibly buried at jail premises against the wishes of his family.
He said, Kashmiris who are deprived of justice in Indian rule, are suffering state terrorism by New Delhi as the occupation regime imposed black laws in the Kashmir valley.
India wants to continue its occupation and it uses all unfair tactics for the purpose. It was not only Afzal Guru who was sacrificed under Indian policy of Kashmiri genocide while in the recent years, thousands of Kashmiris were arrested, kidnapped and killed extra judicially in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).
Chairman Kashmir Council EU also strongly deplored the detention of Kashmiri leaders and activists including Shabir Ahmad Shah in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) in last two days.
Condemning the security forces actions against the leaders, he said, the arrests and harassment cannot deter Kashmiris from their freedom struggle.
They will continue to raise their voices against the Indian atrocities on the oppressed people of the occupied territory, Mr Ali Raza Syed emphasized.
He also condemned the recent crackdowns and arrests of the Kashmiri students in New Delhi and said that it is an open example of the atrocities in Indian Territory outside of Kashmir.
The international community must take notice of the situation as it is a matter of grave concern and against the norms of a civilized society.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union’s President, Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges last week for arranging an event on martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru at the university campus early this month.
A day later, Professor SAR Geelani was also arrested on sedition and other charges for allegedly organizing an event in support of Afzal Guru at the Press Club in Delhi.
Indian police also started a massive crackdown against the Kashmiri students studying in different universities in the Indian capital and due to the fear, some of the students have returned to the Occupied Kashmir Valley
The situation has caused of severe panic among the Kashmiri students and many of them evacuated their hostels at the universities as they were facing discrimination after the events.