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He added: "Then the judgement talks about satisfying the collective conscience of society. You don't hang somebody to satisfy the collective conscience of the society. You hang somebody because his hanging satisfies all the legal requirements, not societal requirements. How can you hang a person because you think the society demands it. You hang a person because the law demands it."
When asked about the hanging of Maqbool Bhat 29 years ago, when his father Farooq Abdullah was the chief minister, Abdullah said: "You cannot co-relate the two hangings. Maqbool Bhat was hanged for the murder of a bank manager that took place in Kupwara. The crime was committed in Kashmir and so the warrant of execution was signed here."
"In Afzal's case, the crime was committed in Delhi and the trial too took place in Delhi. The only thing that concerned us was that he belonged to J&K. I had no role in the decision — if the warrant of execution would have come to me, then it would have been my decision," said Abdullah.
"Whenever this issue was discussed with me, I had made our reservations clear to them. I have publicly opposed this execution earlier as well and expressed our serious concern. I was concerned about it as a Kashmiri, an elected representative and as chief minister. My only job or role (in Afzal's execution) was to take care of the fallout," he said, adding, "They told us that the law has to follow its own course. There was no option available."
Asked when he first learnt that Afzal was going to be executed, Abdullah said he was in Delhi on Friday when the union home minister spoke to him. "I spoke to the Governor and then to DGP. Then we started planning for the aftermath," he said.