Return of Afzal’s Body: Congress Throws Ball into CM’s Court


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With the budget session of the state legislature drawing close, the coalition partners in the state government, Congress and National Conference, are yet to decide on whether to support or oppose the resolution seeking return of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body to his family.

When contacted senior Congress leader and Medical Education Minister, Taj Mohiuddin said the congress party was yet to decide on the resolution demanding return of mortal remains of Guru.

“We (Congress) will decide on that. We are yet to decide. In my opinion, it should be (brought back)”, said Taj Mohiuddin while talking to a local news agency, KNS.

However, he threw the ball into the Chief Minister’s court when he suggested that the issue was to be decided between the Chief Minister and the government of India.

“But it’s not that the party has to decide on return of the body. In fact, it is a matter falling within jurisdiction of CM and the issue pertains to CM and government of India”, he said.

Taj appealed people of the state not to allow the atmosphere of peace to be disturbed.

“People are concerned about the hanging of Guru. But the situation is under control in Valley. People should not take any step under that would create law and order problem”, Taj said when asked how he sees the prevailing situation in Valley aftermath of Guru’s hanging.

Senior NC leader and Minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar when asked whether NC is in favor of the demand seeking return of Guru’s body, he said, “NC has made its stand very clear on the issue and it has kept no space for any misgiving regarding its stand about the issue”.

When asked whether NC would support the resolution to return mortal remains if any member of the house presents it in ensuing budget session of State Legislative Assembly, “Let us see if any resolution is presented and we’ll decide”, he replied.

Sagar said the state government was putting efforts to bring the situation in the valley under control. “To bring the situation under control is in process. Government is trying to maintain law and order”, Sagar said.

Pertinently, MLA from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency, Engineer Rashid had earlier said that he would present a resolution before the state assembly seeking return of parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.


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