The Telegraph
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Afzal plea

New Delhi, Oct. 3: The family of Mohammad Afzal, on death row in the Parliament attack case, has filed a mercy petition with the President.

The home ministry will scrutinise the petition, which raises the possibility of the hanging — originally scheduled for October 20 — being postponed till a decision is taken. The ministry’s recommendation will be taken up by the cabinet before being forwarded to the President.

Afzal’s family, led by his 36-year-old wife Tabasum, is hopeful his sentence may be commuted to life imprisonment.

“We do not want the mercy plea to be made a political issue. The case was made political by all and I am on the verge of losing my husband,” she said.

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