Afzal Guru's controversial writings released as book in Srinagar

Srinagar, Sept 19: The National Front (NF), a major separatist organisation based in Jammu and Kashmir has compiled the jail house diaries of 2001 Parliament House terror attack convict Afzal Guru who was executed hastily in Tihar Jail in February.

The NF has made Guru's diary entries into a 94-page book in Urdu and published it under the name Ahle Imaan Ke Naam Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru Ka Aakhri Paigam. More than 5,000 copies of the book have been printed and circulated, NF sources said.

The book has already sparked off a controversy with Guru describing Gaazi Baba, the slain Jaish-e-Mohammad commander who masterminded the 2001 attack, as a "martyr".

Some of the excerpts from the book said that Jihad-e-Kashmir is something indispensable and the Muslims could either carry on their jihaad or move out, the former being the more practical option. "Even praying for Jihad is a jihad," it reportedly said.

The book was released at a function attended by Guru's brother Aijaz Guru

The book was released at a function attended by Guru's brother Aijaz Guru here on Tuesday. Guru's wife and son were not present, however. NF sources said Guru's wide and son did not come because they are too media shy. It was also said that the book will not be sold but distributed in relevant quarters. The foreword of the book has been penned by Shafi Shariati, who is in jail for his involvement in the killing of HN Wanchoo, a human rights activist .

The Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha protested against the book and sought a ban on it.

A few years ago, a similar controversy had erupted over a book written in Hindi on the history of the Sikhs. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had published and circulated the book.

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