Afzal Guru hanged: How Owaisi ignites Kashmir controversy

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Asaduddin Owaisi
New Delhi, Feb 13: Asaduddin Owaisi, whose brother Akbaruddin and party have been facing the heat over hate speech in Andhra Pradesh, now ignited the controversy over Afzal Guru and his sudden execution.

Supporting Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement on Guru's hanging, Owaisi claimed that the Centre's decision would indeed reinforce a sense of alienation and injustice among young Kashmiri youths.

The Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) supremo and a member of the Parliament, Owaisi was quoted as saying, "It is good that the Chief Minister accepts it (alienation of Kashmir). But I am surprised that he is saying it now when the event (Guru's execution) has already happened."

Reacting against the government's decision of not allowing Guru's family members to meet him for the last time, Owaisi said, "It is pathetic that his family wasn't allowed to meet him before the hanging."

The MIM chief also claimed that Guru's wife wife should be allowed to visit his grave in Tihar jail without any delay where she could grieve.

Owaisi was one of the crucial members of All Party delegation which had visited Kashmir in 2010. While he was asked to comment on interlocutors' report, Owaisi said, "Appointment of interlocutors helped the situation to become normal. However, it is unfortunate that the report which the interlocutors submitted to the Union Home Ministry last year hasn't been debated in the Parliament yet."

"The report of the interlocutors should be debated in the parliament. People should come to know about the fate of their recommendations," Owaisi added.

Afzal Guru, one of the convicts of Parliament 2001 terror attack, was hanged inside the premise of Tihar jail in Delhi on Feb 9. The government faced criticism from many, especially from Omar Abdullah who havequestioned the rationale of informing Guru's family through post saying the reliability of the medium itself was questionable.

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