Srinagar, Feb 11: On the death anniversaries of Mohammad Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Member of Parliament (MP) Mohammad Fayaz Mir has written a letter to the prime minister of India Narendra Modi demanding the mortal remains of the Guru and Bhat.
In a letter Mir said; “Guru should have been sent to the gallows even though he was at number 28 of the list of death row prisoners, but his execution and the refusal to return his body by then incumbent government till date remains a sore misery and a dark blemish on the largest democracy in the world”.
It was by all means an unconstitutional measure and has been called out for its huddled and secretive manner by almost all ideological groups in the country.
He said how can dead bodies of two Kashmiri men, who lost their dignity in gallows be a threat to democracy like India. Is the collective conscience of India sans the collective conscience of Kashmiris. I can with utmost responsibility say that should the Government of India decide to act upon this request, the animosity of Kashmiris and their sense of alienation can be brought down by several notches.”
“In a country where the killers of an elected Prime Minister were granted clemency and their death sentence was commuted, I do not think it is appalling or disrespectful to seek the return of mortal remains of two Kashmiri men to their families.
“In this troubled time, granting our request would be like a balm on old wounds that are unhealed even after so many years. This will also be in line with the religious practices of the deceased persons. Needless to say that if granted, this wish will be remembered for the rest of our times as a sign of large-heartedness of a Prime Minister who came to power with an unprecedented majority and space is created for reconciliation and peaceful resolution of problems.”