Hundreds hailing from different walks of life participated in daylong Seminar organized by AIP at Sopore on Sunday to pay homage to Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru on their anniversaries.
The party spokesman in a statement said that those who spoke on the occasion included Mufti Nissar Ahmad, Prince Parvez, Malik Tariq Rashid, Sheeban Ashaie, Advocate Sajad and Advocate Noor-ul-Shahbaz. Speakers called both the hangings as judicial murders and politically motivated.
Rasheed asked New Delhi to introspect and tell how has Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru’s hangings helped the Indian state.
“Those claiming 1987 rigging as a reason for the start of the armed insurgency are distorting facts. Maqbool Bhat’s hanging made Kashmiris believe that New Delhi does not want to resolve Kashmir dispute and has decided to bulldoze all those voices who would seek a resolution to Kashmir dispute. In fact, Maqbool Bhat’s hanging was aimed to “terrorize Kashmiris” but New Delhi had a huge miscalculation and his hanging proved counterproductive. By denying the mortal remains of both Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru New Delhi not only confessed its guilt but its claims of being a state believing in non-violence proved fake,” the spokesman quoted Rasheed as saying.
Rasheed also appealed the authorities to return the mortal remains of both Guru and Bhat.