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Hang Afzal? 'Secular' concerns
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Shiv Sena opposes British lawmakers' mercy plea for Mohammad Afzal</b>

Wednesday January 31, 07:26 PM
New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Scores of activists of Shiv Sena protested against British lawmakers' recent demand for mercy for Mohammad Afzal Guru, awarded death sentence for attack on Parliament in 2001, here on Wednesday.

The activists, holding banners and placards, shouted slogans against R. Gondsif and J.Corbin for pleading the Supreme Court, which has sentenced Afzal for his role in the conspiracy to attack the Parliament complex, on humanitarian grounds.

"Mohammad Afzal, who attacked our country's Parliament, was ordered to be hanged by our top court. Despite that they (British lawmakers) are demanding mercy for him. We want to tell them that they have no right to meddle in the affairs of our country. It is the Indian government and the Constitution of India which will decide on this issue, not Britishers," said Jai Bhagwan Goel, leader of Shiv Sena.

The activists also burnt an effigy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Five gunmen stormed the heavily guarded Parliament complex on December 13, 2001, but were killed by security forces before they could enter the building.

Afzal's case is currently pending with President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam who is yet to decide on his clemency plea.

Frenzied protests have been witnessed in the Kashmir Valley against the death sentence by several groups and human rights activists, who say Afzal was not given a fair trial. (ANI)<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Where did British lawmakers' newly-found conscience go when the umpteenth American criminal on death row was executed in the US' electric chair?

While terrorist Afzal gets mass (local and international) support on humanitarian grounds and has the psecular people and press shedding tears of anguish, Yogi Adityanath is accused and framed with all sorts of 'crimes' and imprisoned.

Christoislamic moral: being a terrorist is okay as long as you are a christoislamic, and we will defend you and call in the 'secular humanitarian' brigade. But if you are a Hindu spiritual leader, say, of a long-standing Hindu math, then we will bring you and your math down for anything we can (fabricate to) pin on you.
Year old news, but not sure if it came to light. Those who compared the case of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan prison to that of Afzal, should know this, that Sarabjit has converted to muhammedanism in hope to get the pardon.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Islam won't help Sarabjit 

New Delhi, April 6 Embracing Islam will not help Indian national Sarabjit Singh escape the noose for his alleged involvement in a series of bomb blasts in Lahore, Pakistan's Law Minister Muhammad Wasi Zafar said here today.  Reacting to news reports that Sarabjit has converted to Islam, changed his name to Sarfaraz Ahmad and was offering namaz five times a day, he said Pakistani laws do not discriminate between religions and if he has been found guilty by the courts he has to face execution.

"That is the law of the land. It does not vary from man to man and faith to faith," Zafar, who is here to attend the 45th Annual Session of Asian African Legal Consultative Organization, said in an interview.

Asked if it was a desparate act on the part of a prisoner condemned to death in the Islamic country and awaiting a decision on his mercy petition from President Musharraf, Zafar said "he (Sarabjit) says he has done it according to his own free will. It dispels all such impressions." Explainig the legal position, he said even President Parvez Mushrraf did not have power to pardon Sarabjit, as the matter fell within the jurisdiction of the Interior Minister.

फांसी पर बहस के पक्ष में कलाम
[Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:59:07 pm ]

नई दिल्ली ( एजेंसीस ): राष्ट्रपति अब्दुल कलाम आजाद ने संसद पर हमले के आरोपी मोहम्मद अफजल गुरु की फांसी की माफी याचिका पर तब तक कोई राय न देने की बात कही है, जब तक कि संसद और दूसरी लीगल विंग्स इस मुद्दे पर अपनी राय स्पष्ट नहीं कर देतीं।
राष्ट्रपति कलाम ने कहा कि कानून द्वारा फांसी की सजा दिए जाने पर एक राष्ट्रीय बहस भी होनी चाहिए कि आखिर लोग क्या चाहते हैं। राष्ट्रपति ने कहा कि अफजल गुरु के मामले में सरकार और सुप्रीम कोर्ट फैसला करेंगे।
Minimal translation:
Prez Kalam has said that Afzal's matter can't be decided till such time Govt does not get back with him with it's clear opinion.
Bleeding hearts at Work. Where are they on Sarabjit Singh's case in Pakaistan? Why dont they raise that? (Although there is no comparision of the two cases)What are they doing to stop the terrorists from killing innocents?

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Afzal case to go to European Parliament</span>

LONDON: South Asian human rights activists here are taking the case of Mohammed Afzal to the European parliament just in time for President A P J Kalam's visit to Brussels. This seems to be an attempt to put pressure on India not to hang him.

Afzal, who was sentenced to death five years ago for plotting the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament and whose mercy petition is pending before the President of India, has become the new focus of South Asian civil liberties campaigners here, who say there are ugly parallels between India's blasé attitude to a clear miscarriage of justice for an alleged terrorist and the US war on terror.

At the first ever meeting here to champion Afzal's cause, Moazzam Begg, one of nine Britons detained at Guantanamo Bay for unspecified crimes, drew parallels with Afzal.

Beg, who was released after three years of incarceration, said: "In India and Pakistan the authorities use torture daily to extract false confessions – this is taken for granted. It needs to be challenged because it has huge repercussions both for the individual concerned and on a wider political scale. The United States’ war on terror has given this use of inhuman torture a new legitimacy."

Beg added that Afzal's case merely underlined the international nature of the problem and said there was an urgent need for an international campaign to save him.

Activists and legal experts decided that the international campaign for Afzal would kick off with an urgent move to bring details of his case and the miscarriage of justice before the European Parliament.

Amrit Wilson of the South Asia Solidarity Group, which organised the meeting, said four British MPs – Jeremy Corbyn, Roger Godsiff, John McDonell and George Galloway – had already signed a letter to the Indian President urging him to show mercy to Afzal.

She said Afzal's case highlighted the life of a surrendered militant, with its unending harassment, torture and extortion. She said, “Both the forces of Hindutva and the use of the war on terror to further America's military and economic aims have led to an erosion of democracy and democratic values in India. In trying to bring Bush's version of 'democracy', India is becoming an authoritarian state."

In a sign of a gathering sub-continental support for Afzal, other speakers included Amjad Hussain, brother of Mirza Tahir Hussain, who was released last November after being on death row in Pakistan for 18 years.
Anyone read/reviewed Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s <b>December 13: Terror over Democracy</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>क्षमादान: समयसीमा तय करने को याचिका</b>

नई दिल्ली। सुप्रीम कोर्ट में याचिका दाखिल कर राष्ट्रपति के समक्ष लंबित सजा माफी की दया याचिकाओं के निपटारे के लिए समय सीमा तय करने की मांग गई है।
  यह याचिका हिंदी साप्ताहिक के संपादक सीपी भारतीय की ओर से वरिष्ठ अधिवक्ता पंडित परमानंद कटारा ने दायर की है। इसमें कहा गया है कि केंद्र सरकार को दया याचिकाएं निपटाने के लिए एक समय सीमा तय करने का निर्देश दिया जाए।

SC admits a PIL from C.P. Bharatiya, editor of a Hindi weekly, demanding a timeframe from government/president for taking a decision on clemency.
Rahul Gandhi Supporters Burn Effigies of Terrorists
And who would be these terrorists?
The same bunch that Rahul's party fought to save from hangman's noose after fair trial?
the busted cell of JeM and LeT in Lucknow with the arrest of 3 pakis revealed that they wanted to free up several terrorists presently in the indian jails, as a ransom after kidnapping some VVIPs. Who is at the top of the list of the people they wanted to free up? Afzal Gaaru.

The more and more I think (which is not a good thing), I'm fast approaching the conclusion that Afzal and all the rest of scum gang should be freed and sent to back to Pakistan. For one, today even our prisons are better than Pakistan. And the tax-payer doesn't have to bear the cost of boarding/lodging. The insults heaped on the nations security personnel by this shamless government dosen't seem to have any end in sight. Read this recently and couldn't believe my eyes.

No airport security exemptions for India's military chiefs
The cheif of our nations army, navy and air-force, who are responsible for the defence of our nation and million lives which they command over, can be frisked at airport since they could be security risk? While Robert Vadra can waltz in no-questions-asked only because he's married to Sonia's daughter!
<!--QuoteBegin-Viren+Nov 22 2007, 07:00 AM-->QUOTE(Viren @ Nov 22 2007, 07:00 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->While Robert Vadra can waltz in no-questions-asked only because he's married to Sonia's daughter!

Virenji, how blasphemous of you to question the privileges of our rashtra-daamaad! Just wait and see the privileges of the Colombian rashtra-vadhu.

by the way NDTV/ CNNIBN were running the above news of defense chiefs not given the status, and did not mention that Robert Vadra was the only named person in the exclusion list.

Something similar(?) had happened (dont remember what) when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, which had prompted Vajpayee to sarcastically say in lok sabha:

hota senapati-yo.n ka apmaan
par 'mera bharat mahaan'
though nothing takes away from the acheivement of police in nabbing these top wanted terrorists.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Ather and Rauf were on the list of 20 most wanted terrorists based in Pakistan that New Delhi handed over to Islamabad five years back. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The detailed interrogation of Mohammed Abid, Yusuf and Mirza Rashid, arrested in Lucknow last week, by personnel of the Central security agencies, revealed that they would have garlanded the young Rahul with grenades before taking him hostage. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

I wonder what did it have to do with young, old, good looking, ugly, clean shaved or bearded!

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->They were planning to later put forward their demands of release of some of their men from Indian jails including Mohammed Afzal, condemned prisoner in the 2001 Parliament attack, the sources said.

The arrest of the Jaish militants, under a well-executed operation of the Central security agencies and the UP police, also brought to light that JeM was concentrating only on hitting big targets rather than carrying out suicide attacks or triggering explosions, they said.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In a related development, the Union home ministry has reviewed the security arrangements of all VVIPs including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka and Rahul.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Homage to martyrs of terror attack on Parliament, Dec. 13, 2001

I don't know as to how Shivraj Patil or Manmohan spent their day yesterday (Dec 13). If they couldn't meet Afzal and apologize to him, they could have atleast sent to his cell some of the finest biryani and kulfi.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->No clemency for Afzal? Govt makes up its mind
Wed, Jan 16 08:50 PM

New Delhi: The BJP's success in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has put immense pressure on the UPA Government to punish the guilty of the December 13, 2001 attack on Parliament.

A powerful group within the Manmohan Singh government and the Congress insists that South Block has run out of options and argues that the Home and Law ministries studying the clemency petitions lodged with the President cannot delay the inevitable.

That means the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, who has been given death for his role in the attack, is now becoming a political liability for the Government. Its embarrassment became severe when Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi used the "terrorism" card while campaigning in the elections.

"What should the Gujarat police do with a man who has terror links with Pakistan? Should they take Sonia Gandhi's permission? Whoever threatens Gujarat will be dealt with," Modi had said.

The Congress' future challenges group is troubled by this Opposition emphasis on terrorism. The Government has told the party leadership that the Home and Law ministries have found no way of saving Afzal. Legally, speaking, Afzal's is a lost cause.

There is increasing awareness that if the Government doesn't act decisively sometime this year, the BJP will make terrorism a countrywide emotive issue during the run-up to general elections.

The Government officially denies any move on Afzal but politically it has made up its mind. The question is if the noose is going to tighten round Afzal which is the best time to let that happen.

Karnataka is the first big election coming up in April-May. Should the government choose a date before that? Or wait for the polls in the four big states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Delhi in November?

Interestingly, Jammu and Kashmir goes to the polls possibly in October. The government is not too worried about the likely impact in the trouble-torn state. As it is, anti-incumbency is expected to take its toll on the Ghulam Nabi government.

Whichever the month the government chooses, Afzal's time is fast running out. A powerful section in the Government wants it to do a balance and simultaneously take action on the Srikrishna Commission report on the 1993 Mumbai riots which has been gathering dust for nearly a decade.

In death, Afzal might provide Congress the necessary political weapon it is looking for.
From desi blogosphere: Give Bharat Ratna to Afzal Guru

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Congress CMs vote for Dhirubhai's Bharat Ratna
RLD wants Bharat Ratna for Charan Singh
Call to confer Bharat Ratna on Ghantasala
Sunil Dutt seeks Bharat Ratna for Sivaji
Jayalalithaa for awarding Bharat Ratna to Balamurali
Bharat Ratna for Jyoti Basu, but not Vajpayee?

And of course:

Sonia deserves Bharat Ratna: APCC meet

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->We propose the Bharat Ratna for Afzal Guru. No other candidate can be as popular as Afzal as far as seculars go. Afzal fired up secular passion like none other. Articles and editorials flooded newspapers, special shows hosted on TV, even books written and published. Just for getting his sorry ass captured for terrorism charges, Afzal must have added several hundreds of crores to the national GDP. We say, just give it to him. It also fits the UPA Government's social sector policies well.
It's hard to disagree with this.
"I don't think the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government can ever reach a decision. The Congress party has two mouths and is playing a double game," said Afzal, convicted for the December 2001 Indian Parliament attack in an exclusive interview in Tihar prison's Jail No 3.

"I really wish L K Advani becomes India's next Prime Minister as he is the only one who can take a decision and hang me. At least my pain and daily suffering would ease then," said Afzal, who has been in solitary confinement in the capital's high security Tihar Jail.
"Please don't compare me with Sarabjit. The issues are separate. My sympathies are with him, but my fight is for the Kashmir conflict. Now, I am not even seeking any clemency and have no objection to the government deciding my fate."

Last month Home Minister Shivraj Patil's controversial statement saying those demanding Afzal's hanging could not seek reprieve for Sarabjit Singh drew considerable publicity.
June 9, 2008 newspapers report that Afzal blames Indian national Congress for the indecision on his case. He says that he is dying of the wait. Looks like another pressure point before the new elections.
came via email:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Dear Friends

13 December 2008 will be the seventh anniversary of our Parliament Attack. The dreaded Islamic terrorist Mohammed Afzal Guru has not been hanged yet despite the Supreme Court's verdict of sending him to the gallows. The present UPA government, in sheer contempt for the Supreme Court, has refused to hang him.

In the meantime, the grief stricken families of the great martyrs have returned the gold medals to the government and this shameless government has kept those medals with it, without showing any remorse, but showing scant regards to those people. It is outrageous that this UPA has insulted the families of their own saviors!

The lack of will and the impotency of this government have led to enormous escalation of Islamic terrorism, which has reduced this nation to the level of Iraq, Ahghanistan and Pakistan.

In the aftermath of the Mumbai attack in which we have lost hundreds of our brothers, sisters and children, it is our responsibility to remind this impotent government and put pressure on it to do its duty of honouring the Supreme Court's verdict.

Hence, we, a group of citizens, have decided to submit a petition to the Honourable President of India to direct the UPA government, in her capacity as the Head of the State, to carry out the punishment for Afzal Guru by honouring the Supreme Court's verdict.

Arrangements have been made to go, along with the families of the martyrs, to meet the President in person and handover this petition, exactly on the 13th of December. We just have ten days to collect as much signatures as possible. Therefore, we request you all to kindly sign this petition and forward it to all your contacts, so that, we can make the government hear the "voice of the citizens".

The URL for signing the petition is:

<b>On Afzal, Cong yet to feel 7-year-itch</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The hypocrisy of the Congress can be perceived from the fact that the Centre has for the fifth time sent a reminder to the Delhi Government, seeking the status report on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s death sentence.

Sources said that a few days before the Delhi Assembly poll, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sent a reminder to the Department of Home (DoH) of Delhi Government seeking the status report about the sentence of Afzal Guru, the main convict in the December 13, 2001, Parliament attack.

Well-placed sources told The Pioneer that the mercy petition continues to be in a limbo as the Department of Home has chosen to remain silent on when it would submit its views. The Opposition BJP has been blaming the ruling Congress for deliberately not clearing Afzal’s file. The mercy petition was referred to the Delhi Government for its comments on October 4, 2006.

According to sources, MHA had earlier also sent reminders to the Delhi Government seeking the status report. “This is the fifth reminder by the MHA,” said sources. The Centre’s reminders merely show the hypocrisy of the Congress Government at the Centre since law and order are non-transferable subjects in Delhi and the Home Department doesn’t come under the purview of the Delhi Government.

The department directly reports to the Lieutenant Governor’s office, which comes under MHA. “If the Centre wants to clear Afzal’s file, it can be cleared in a day. But political compulsions ahead of elections forced the ruling Congress to keep in abeyance the Afzal file,” the sources added.
Not afzal but ajmal qasab, one of the islamaniac attackers of Mumbai.
Disturbing if the extrapolation turns out accurate:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Ganesh 12/04/2009 03:19:24  a new jihadi project</b>
The LDF candidate from Trivandrum ,Ramachandran Pillai has asserted in one of the public contact programs that it is not yet time to pronounce Ajmal Kasab guilty. That the court is going to investigate the matter.
This is the begining of another Afzal Guru story when and if the pseudo sickulars ascend the throne.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>'You cannot pick, choose and hang,' govt says on Afzal case</b>
PTI | New Delhi
Government on Friday said the execution of death sentence of Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament attack case, was being delayed as "you cannot pick, choose and hang" and there were many mercy petitions pending for long.

"You cannot pick, choose and hang. Nowhere does it happen in the world including Pakistan," Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily told a 'meet the press' programme organised by Press Association here.

Noting that no country which has rule of law can have such a hanging carried out "at the discretion of any political party", Moily said there was need for evolving a mechanism for quick disposal of mercy petitions.

He said 28 mercy petitions were pending for disposal for long.
But Congress Government managed to hang Maqbol Bhatt within few hours and even managed to send special plane to get sign from President.
Since when Congress followed consitution, when they have to bump some state Government they get signs within few hours anywhere from world.

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