Pak ignites Afzal Guru row, passes resolution against India

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Islamabad, March 14: Igniting the ongoing diplomatic battle between India and Pakistan, the latter on Thursday, March 14 passed a resolution against Afzal Guru's hanging. Pakistan in its resolution asked India to return Guru's dead body to his family members in Kashmir.

Two days before it completes its five-year term, the National Assembly or Lower House of Parliament passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir.

Pakistan's latest move clearly shows their attempt to woo the Kashmiris who have been struggling to get back Guru's body which was buried inside Tihar jail in Delhi after his execution on Feb 9. The resolution also expressed concern at the situation created in Jammu and Kashmir by the execution.

Earlier government of India overruled demand of returning back Guru's body to his family members.Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on March 11 said that "the body has been buried according the jail manual and there was no way it could be handed over".

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Guru's family and other major political groups have demanded returning of the body.

Omar had, in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, demanded the return of the body of Afzal as well as that of Maqbool Bhat who was hanged in 1984.

Several areas of Srinagar city observed a complete shutdown over the arrest of a youth allegedly involved in stone-pelting protesting against Guru's hanging.

Guru, the main accused in the Parliament attack case of Dec 13, 2001 was hanged in Delhi's Tihar. He was a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist. However, the government carried out his hanging in utmost secrecy.

Now, with Pakistan's latest resolution may irk the Indian authorities who have been witnessing huge turmoil in the valley.Death toll due to protests in the state demanding handing over of Guru's body to family rose to five.

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