Afzalís execution may give rise to another generation of militants: Mufti
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"It is no good to regret the inability of the government to deny Afzal's family a last mandatory meeting with him or deny his body to the family," the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said. "This reduces Mahatama Gandhi's country, the world's largest democracy and a genuine candidate for super power status to a banana republic."
The former Union Home Minister said Guru's execution is a serious setback to the peace process and apprehended that it may give rise to militancy again.
"The latest events have unfortunately created a sense of defeat among a people who have been bruised by six and a half decades of uncertainty and bloody history," he said. "I wish it doesn't consume another generation of Kashmiri youth but one cannot wish away the apprehension".
Questioning the democratic system of the country, Mufti said that clemency to Guru would have only lifted its democratic profile. "It is sad that our democratic system could not accommodate some basic decency and legal requirements in dealing with an issue that could have very serious impact on the state and its future," the former chief minister said. "The clemency to Afzal (Guru) would only have lifted the democratic profile of the country, enhanced its prestige and sent a positive message of accommodation to people of the state." Mufti said if ever there was an "overwhelming reason to use the provision of commutation provided by our Constitution both for legal and political reasons, it was this (Afzal's case)".
Mufti called for the return of Guru's body to his family and demanded the "unconstitutional curbs" on normal life be lifted. He termed the curbs as a "collective punishment" to the people of Kashmir.
"The extent and scale of curbs put on normal life in Kashmir today does not look like part of Indian democracy. The least the government could do to retrieve the situation to some extent in the aftermath of the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru would be to lift unconstitutional curbs on normal life and return his body to the family," he said. "Nowhere in the civilised world, much less in a functioning democracy, could an entire population be imprisoned, newspapers, Internet, cable services banned and provisions denied."