If I were CM, Guru wouldn’t have been hanged: Mufti

SHABIR AHMAD
Anantnag: Accusing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of giving nod for hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, J&K’s former Chief Minister and patron of opposition PDP, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, on Saturday claimed that had he been Chief Minister, Guru would not have been hanged.
“How is it possible that a person is hanged without the consent of the Chief Minister of his state? Guru was hanged only after Omar Sahab gave nod for the same. Had I been Chief Minister Guru would not have been hanged,” Mufti told a rally at Divsar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
He said the killers of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were given relief by the Supreme Court but Guru, who figured at serial no. 28 in the list of those on death row, was brought to serial no. 1.  “This all happened after the Chief Minister gave his consent,” Mufti said.
Questioning Omar over his claims of getting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) revoked from the state, Mufti said, “Omar during last five years kept on beating the drum of AFSPA revocation from the state but failed to get it revoked even from those areas where militancy graph has drastically come down. I want to ask him why he does not utter a word on AFSPA now.”
“There is a long list of his failures which I don’t want to discuss here,” Mufti said.
Asking the people not to boycott elections, Mufti said, “If you want to change, you must not give heed to the boycott calls but come out to vote. It is National Conference which wants people to stay at their homes on poll day as boycott always benefits this party.”

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