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A family's plea for mercy

October 03, 2006

The Parliament attack convict Afzal's wife Tabassum, flew in to Delhi from Srinagar on Monday with their seven-year-old son Ghalib and other family members to seek clemency for her husband.

Afzal's execution, given for his role in the December 13, 2001 attack on Parliament, is scheduled for October 20.

On Tuesday, the family filed a mercy petition with President Kalam even as a controversy raged over the issue.

There have been indications that the execution may be deferred as the Home Ministry received a copy of the mercy plea from Rashtrapati Bhawan for scrutiny of all the aspects

The family also visited Afzal at the high-security Tihar jail.

Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

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Sub: Afzal

I would just ask one question to people who talk of pardoing Afzal what would have been his fate if is even thought of plotting ...

Posted by Ahmed

Sub: Afzal deserves everything

Dear Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Please do everything you can for Afzal. He must be very stressed out. Poor man, guilty of one of the most ...

Posted by Sharath Shivashankar

Sub: What is the message we send across?

Before executing Afzal Guru, one of the culprits of the Parliament terror strike, those who are advocating a 'clemency' for him should be executed first. ...


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if you take my advise don't live him if our governament give opolize to him all the terrorist attackt our country after that the ask ...

Posted by shaik basheer

Sub: Afzal Guru should not be given mercy

Attack on parlment is just like attack on domocrcy. Afzl should not be shown mercy as it will pass message in all the community that ...

Posted by vishwas


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