Resolution on Afzal’s mortal remains likely to put PDP in a pickle

Srinagar: Two days ahead of the maiden budget session of the coalition government, the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said Monday that it will “not be guided by the politics of others” and will maintain its stand over the return of mortal remains of Mohammad Afzal Guru.
Afzal TIMELINE“We are not planning our politics on one individual or the other. We have a stand on it and everybody knows about it. We will not be guided by politics of others,” PDP’s chief spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told Kashmir Reader.
A day after assuming power in the state in alliance with BJP on March 1, PDP had demanded that the mortal remains of Guru be returned to his family. Eight PDP MLAs had issued a statement, saying the party “promises to follow vigorously” the issue of return of the mortal remains of Guru, who was secretly hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.
MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rashid Sheikh has announced that he would be moving a resolution in the House seeking, besides the mortal remains of Guru, the release of all political prisoners.
Akhtar said Rashid was free to bring any resolution in the House. “But PDP won’t comment on the resolution at this point of time,” he said. “It (resolution) will come to the House; the House will take a view on this,” Akhtar, a close aide of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, told Kashmir Reader.
However, PDP’s MLA from Pampore, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, who is one of the eight PDP legislators, who had signed the statement, told Kashmir Reader that he stands by his word and will support Rashid’s resolution.
“Insha’Allah, we will support the resolution. However, we don’t know about our party’s stand on it, though earlier our party supported us,” he said.
When asked if the support to the resolution could make the relations bitter with the alliance partner BJP, Mir said, “It can or cannot happen.”
Another PDP MLA from Gulmarg constituency, Mohammad Abbas Wani said the fate of the resolution will be decided the day it is brought up in the House.
On Friday last, BJP state spokesman Sunil Sethi had said, “We are sure that PDP will support us and we both will oppose it (resolution on Guru).”

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