For the past two years, there was substantial peace in Jammu and Kashmir, but it has been suddenly derailed by the hanging of Parliament attack convict, Muhammad Afzal Guru last week, said Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman of the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC).
The APSCC Chairman made it clear that majority population of the Kashmir valley and the minority Sikh populace was not happy with Guru’z execution and denial of handing his mortal remains to the family. Going by the media reports even the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh is not happy with the hanging of Afzal Guru, Raina said and questioned as to who then supported and gave a final decision on the execution.
Expressing concern over the situation arising out of the hanging, Raina said that despite the reservations by some senior political leaders, the government went ahead with the hanging without looking at the possible repercussions in the trouble torn state.
As per a statement the APSCC chairman said that several political parties and leaders including the chief minister Omar Abdullah and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had recommended to the central government not to execute Afzal Guru. Raina pointed out that the government and those who have played an important and pivotal role in the execution of the Parliament attack accused were to blame for the execution.