Islamabad, March 14 (PTI): Pakistan’s Parliament today passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded the return of his body to his family.
Two days before it completes its five-year term, the National Assembly or lower House of Parliament passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir. Besides condemning the hanging of Guru, the resolution expressed concern at the situation created in Jammu and Kashmir by the execution.
Guru was hanged and buried within Tihar jail in Delhi on February 9.
His execution triggered protests in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan-based terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed have vowed to take revenge for the hanging.
The parliamentary resolution further said the international community should not remain as silent spectators in efforts to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. It said steps should be taken to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on the Kashmir issue.
The resolution called for an end to alleged killings and the removal of the army from towns and cities of the Valley. It said all prisoners should be freed, “black laws” repealed and curfew withdrawn from the region.
The resolution also called for lifting a “blackout” on the media.
The House said Kashmiris were “not alone in this movement as the whole of Pakistan was with them”. The resolution reiterated Pakistan’s diplomatic, political and moral support for the Kashmiris.