Afzal appeals to President for mercy

New Delhi, Nov 9: Death-row convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, sentenced for his involvement in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack case, has appealed to President A P J Abdul Kalam for mercy. Guru, ...

New Delhi, Nov 9: Death-row convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, sentenced for his involvement in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack case, has appealed to President A P J Abdul Kalam for mercy.
Guru, lodged in Tihar jail, had forwarded the mercy plea, addressed to the President, to prison authorities late last night.
It has been sent to the officials concerned today, Tihar Legal officer Sunil Kumar said.
Guru's Kashmir-based family has filed a separate clemency appeal with Dr Kalam in October, which is pending. His wife, son and mother had met the President and submitted the petition.
The Supreme Court sentenced Afzal in September, which triggered widespread protest in the Kashmir valley.
In the mercy plea, Guru has said, "I did not file a petition sooner not out of any ignorance or ill will but because I had no hope of getting justice.'' "The fact that Kashmiri people and Indian people have come together to demand clemency for me has truly given me new hope that I may live and be able to see my son grow up. For a man in my position there is nothing else one can hope for,'' said the petition filed through his lawyer.
"I am deeply moved by the fact that the President received my family members and that has kindled a new hope that I may still get justice,'' Afzal said in the petition.

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