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Farooq to meet Prez to seek pardon for Afzal

October 01, 2006 17:49 IST

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Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said he would meet President A P J Abdul Kalam to seek pardon for Mohammad Afzal Guru, awarded the capitalpunishment in the 2001 Parliament attack case.

"I will personally meet the President and request him for clemency for Afzal," said Abdullah, a member of Rajya Sabha.

The chief patron of opposition National Conference told reporters here that as per media reports, Afzal appeared to be
innocent and he had not been given a chance to defend himself.

Abdullah said an all-party delegation led by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad should meet Dr Kalam and seek pardon
for Afzal in view of public sentiments in the Valley.

He said the hanging of Afzal was likely to affect Indo-Pak relations. "Thank God, peace talks are going on between India and Pakistan. Relations between the two countries will be affected if Afzal was hanged," he said.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik left for Delhi on Saturday to mobilise public opinion to save Afzal from the noose. Malik said he planned to mobilise intellectuals, lawyers, human rights activists and others for a campaign launched to save Afzal.

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Sub: the hanging of Afzal was likely to affect Indo-Pak relations

Our esteemd former Union Minster and former CM of J&K Mr Farooq Abdullah says "The hanging of Afzal was likely to affect Indo-Pak relations. "Thank ...

Posted by sajith

Sub: capital punishment

First, why it takes so much time to hear, trial and judgements in all cases. There are no important or non-important cases before a judge. ...

Posted by k.s. menon

Sub: pardon for afzal?

Is Mr.Farooq Abdullah an Indian national?


Sub: Farooq to meet Prez for Afzal.

This is a shame for those who believe in democracy and the institution of the parliament. It will a disgrace if clemency is granted after ...

Posted by Avtar K Kaul

Sub: Farooq for pardon for Terrorist Traitor Afzal

SHAME on Farooq & Ghulam Nabi for suggesting pardon for CONVICT Afzal. No more appeasement . We had enough. That's it. This reflects their concern ...

Posted by Jagdish



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