Afzal Guru execution not political, done according to law: Sushilkumar Shinde

Sushilkumar Shinde

He was responding to questions on why the government showed tearing hurry in executing Afzal Guru while the killers of Gandhi and Singh were given options.

Omar also had said yesterday that it will have to be proved to Kashmiris and to the world that the execution of Afzal Guru was not a 'selective' one. Omar had asked if attack on Parliament was an attack on a symbol of democracy, wasn't the attack on a Chief Minister and former Prime Minister an attack on democracy?

To another question, Shinde said the decision to execute Afzal was not political but done according to rules.

Asked about the possibility of retaliation as threatened by some militant groups, the Home Minister said the government has to be vigilant against it.

To a question about the reported illegal detention of newspaper journalist Iftikhar Geelani, the Home Minister said that he had arrived today only from Meghalaya and "I will inquire into it now."

Geelani was detained at his father-in-law and separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's house here on the day of hanging. He was, however, later allowed to go.

Asked about the non-execution of a death row convict whose mercy plea has been rejected by the President, he said: "That matter is also in court."

Queries as to whether any action will be taken against JKLF leader Yaseen Malik for sharing dais with Lashker-e-Taiba Chief Hafeez Saeed while sitting on a hunger strike in Pakistan, he said: "I will look into the case."

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