Afzal Wanted ‘united’ Hurriyat: Bar

KL Report

Srinagar

The Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) disclosed that parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru wanted divided Hurriyat Conference to unite. The Bar said it had visited Muhammd Afzal Guru in Tihar Jail.

the president of HCBA Zafar Qureshi and Mian Qayoom in a press conference in Srinagar. Photo: Bilal Bhadur

“Guru said that he didn’t cry when he was awarded death sentence by court but had been hurt when Hurriyat Conference got divided into two factions. He expressed apprehensions that the martyrdom of youth could go waste after division of the separatist leadership”, the Bar Association members said during a press conference here today. “This step of Hurriyat has facilitated and made the job of enemies of Kashmiris easier and it made me cry”, the Bar members said while quoting Guru.

They said that the Political Will of Guru was to see the Hurriyat Conference united.

“I request them (Hurriyat) to unite to respect to the sacrifices presented by martyrs and prisoners. It is important that it should unite to take the struggle to its logical end. Death sentence has not affected my confidence but the division in the Hurriyat has discouraged me”, Bar members said while quoting Guru.

Bar President Advocate Zafar Qureshi, former Presidents Advocate Main Altaf and Nazir Ahmad Ronga addressed the press conference.

In an effort to disprove the allegations leveled by National Conference against it, the Bar Association Tuesday highlighted the steps and initiatives taken by it to save the life of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. “We followed every possible legal procedure to save the life of Guru. We also offered him free legal services to plead his case during our visit to Tihar Jail but he refused saying he had a counsel in the Supreme Court”, said Bar Association members.

“Guru’s Family never approached the Bar for legal assistance but we visited Guru several times and offered our services to offer him”, said Bar President Zafar Qureshi. He said that under law, the free will and consent of the accused is necessary for his counsel to plead his case in the court of law.

Members of the Bar and other lawyers and common people also offered funeral prayers in absentia for Muhammad Afzal Guru on the occasion.

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