Welcoming Islamabad's move, Afzal Guru's cousin Yasin Guru said the OIC should also pass a similar resolution and even the United Nations should follow suit. He said the family would remain grateful to anybody who backed the demand of returning Guru's remains. Yasin said the entire world should debate the issue and not just Pakistan alone.
Ajjaz Guru, Afzal's elder brother, said the Pakistan resolution would boost their struggle in getting back the body from Tihar jail where Afzal was hanged early on February 9.
The Indian government was criticised for not only the hanging, but also the way it dealt with the family' emotion by not informing it about the execution before it was carried out. The letter that the government had dispatched on speed post reached Guru's family two days after he was hanged.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani resolution had deeply polarised the Jammu aand Kashmir polity. While the separartists welcomed the move, the BJP and Panthers Party lodged strong protest in the assembly, saying Islamabad's interference in India's internal affairs was unacceptable. MLAs from both parties staged a walk-out in protest. The Omar Abdullah government has been struggling to take a balanced position on the Guru hanging issue.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq thanked Islamabad for the resolution and said the latter was one of the actual well-wishers of the Kashmiris and extended moral, diplomatic and political support to the struggle. He expected Pakistan to maintain the pressure on New Delhi in returning Guru's return.