Srinagar: Hundreds of people hailing from different walks of life attended daylong seminar organized by AIP in Srinagar on Sunday to commemorate the anniversaries of late Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and late Mohammad Afzal Guru.
The seminar was presided over by Aijaz Guru, elder brother of parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.
As per a statement the speakers pledged that Indian state would not be allowed to hang Muzaffar Rather, of Kulgam, one more innocent.
Speaking on the occasion noted columnist Aijaz-ul-haq said that India has been selective in capital punishments. He added that Govt of India never answered 13 questions pertaining to parliament attack raised by noted writer Arun Dutti Rai. He said “Noted writer Harash Mandar in his book has revealed that In Gujrat High Court Narinder Modi was charge sheeted as accused for his role in Gujrat riots, and the double standards stand exposed as he went unpunished and is holding the highest office in the country.
Journalist Gowhar Geelani said that the ongoing resistance is not for stopping human rights violations but for political rights including Right to Self Determination. He said “In 21st Century there is no scope for Capital Punishment, whosoever may be hanged, for whatsoever reasons. Aspirations never die and there is no way to suppress people’s voice”.
Deputy grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam in his speech said that India has crossed all limits and there is no option but to continue struggle for right to self determination. He accused that minorities are living like second class citizens in India.
BBC Bureau Chief Reyaz Masroor appealed for a joint strategy to get back mortal remains of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat. He asked Kashmiri Leadership to approach Civil Society and other meaningful forums all across India to explain them the sufferings of people of J&K and significance of resolving Kashmir dispute.
High Court Lawyer Baber Qadri alleged that New Delhi is trying to impose view point of majority community, rather following rules of justice. Qadri appealed that we need to respect all voices, even if we may not subscribe to them.
Chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination committee Jagmohan Singh Raina, economist Shakeel Kalandar, Social and political activist Imtiyaz Alam and Advocate Noor-ul-Shahbaz were among the speakers.
Speaking on the occasion AIP chief Er. Rasheed said that had hangings been the solution, then people would never have dared to pick up arms in their hands and the hangings have failed to stop people from owning radical views. Rasheed appealed masses to remain united and not doubt each other.