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'Punishment for Afzal too extreme'

October 14, 2006 14:34 IST

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who is opposed to the execution of Mohammed Afzal, has said the death punishment for the Parliament terror attack convict is "too extreme" and fears for the life of the judges who have sentenced him.

Abdullah initially told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's 'Devil's Advocate' programme that Afzal was innocent, but later said the sentence was "too harsh".

"You want to hang him? Go ahead and hang him. But the consequences of hanging him must also be remembered. One of the consequences will be... we have paid the price of MaqboolButt's hanging. The judge was shot in Kashmir. Those judges will need to be protected," he said.

He referred to the gunning down of Neelkanth Ganju, who as the sessions judge in Kashmir had handed down capital punishment to Butt in the early 80s.

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Number of User Comments: 50

Sub: So there is value for his life is it?

Respected Sir,We have kneeled enough to the atrocities of these terrorist, who are they gods to do as they please even play with anyones life?If ...

Posted by shobha Nair

Sub: Farooq's comments

I am shocked by his comments. He is acting like Commander-in chief of Lashkar.

Posted by Vadiraj.P.K

Sub: Selfish politics

Politiciances in this country donot have any vision other than getting votes & retaining power. This shall be condemed by all people of nation.

Posted by Vitthal

Sub: hang that man.

Justice should not be hijacked by terror. This is precsely what will happen if we agree to what the ex-cm has said. If we start ...

Posted by Afzal Ali

Sub: In re Mr.Farooq

A former Chief Minister saying that terrorists should not be punished, and that the Indian administration should be AFRAID of taking such steps?? Death penalty ...

Posted by Kartikeya



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