Srinagar: The opposition National Conference (NC) said Friday that it will support the resolution of MLA Langate Engineer Rashid seeking the mortal remains of Mohammad Afzal Guru during the upcoming Budget Session of the Assembly.
“We will support the resolution seeking mortal remains of Guru. Even all his belongings must be returned to his family on humanitarian grounds,” NC’s general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Reader, a day after BJP said it will oppose the resolution and hoped that its coalition partner PDP will support them.
When asked why didn’t his party support the resolution moved by Rashid seeking clemency for Guru when his party was in power, Sagar said, “We never supported Guru hanging and even former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah repeatedly asked New Delhi not to take this step.”
“But they didn’t listen to us and went ahead with the hanging. Whatever was possible in those circumstances, we did. We were always against hanging of Afzal Guru,” said Sagar, adding “Even after the hanging, Omar asked Centre to hand over Guru’s body to his family, but the Centre refused.”
When asked if the support to Rashid’s resolution was aimed to put the PDP in a fix, as BJP has opposed the motion, Sagar said that getting the remains of Guru was a humanitarian issue and no politics should be done over it.
“PDP plays the politics of falsehood of deceit. We are not concerned what PDP and its ally BJP will do. But we will do what we deem fit,” he said
Rashid has moved two resolutions—return of mortal remains of Guru and release of political prisoners—in the House for the upcoming Budget Session.
Meanwhile, former Minister and Congress leader Vikar Rasool said that he will stand with the signed statement he and four of his party leaders had issued last month seeking return of the mortal remains of Guru to his family. However, he said that final decision will be taken by the party leadership.
“We stand by the statement we had issued. We had said that it is a humanitarian issue and that the mortal remains of Guru should be returned to his family,” Vikar told Kashmir Reader.
However, he quickly added that the final decision will be taken in a meeting of the party leaders and MLAs during a meeting scheduled to be held in Jammu on March 17.
Meanwhile, MLA Khansahab, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin said that he will support the resolution in the Assembly only after going through the contents of it. He said he has always maintained that hanging Guru was injustice, and not allowing him to meet his family was crueler.
“When he (Rashid) will bring resolution in the House, I will study it first before deciding to support it. We should not cause more hurt to Afzal’s family,” he said.