Don’t hang Afzal Guru: NC

Islamabad, Nov 9: Senior National Conference leader and parliamentarian, Dr Mehboob Beg on Wednesday said that if parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru was hanged it would have serious political i...

Islamabad, Nov 9: Senior National Conference leader and parliamentarian, Dr Mehboob Beg on Wednesday said that if parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru was hanged it would have serious political implications.
 Talking to reporters at the sidelines of a function here in south Kashmir, Beg said, "New Delhi should seriously consider mercy for Afzal Guru. It should take into consideration the fragility of Kashmir politics."
 He said that the government should take a cue from the Tamil Nadu Assembly wherein it passed a resolution seeking clemency for the accused in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination.
 On the recent controversy surrounding the AFSPA, Beg said, "I appeal all the political parties and the media not to make issue out of AFSPA. The law has become redundant and time is ripe for it to go. But what is more important is that our main focus should be on resolving the Kashmir issue, and in no way should the issues like AFSPA overshadow it. "
 "Chief Minister has shown a strong political will and it is high time that the Act be revoked," he added.
 "The situation in the valley has improved. The summer witnessed a huge tourist influx and an incident free Panchayat election where in large number of people turned out to vote. AFSPA is not needed anymore," said Beg.
 On the recent report of the centre appointed interlocutors that was submitted to the Home Ministry recently, Beg said, "The appointment of interlocutors by the centre to find the political resolution of the Kashmir issue is a welcome step. People have lot of expectations from their report particularly after they made it clear that they will accommodate the view point of separatists who refused to meet them. Though, they have submitted their final recommendations to the centre but it has not been yet made public. So, New Delhi should immediately bring the final report into public domain".

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