Pakistan Parliament adopts resolution against Afzal hanging; Demands return of body to family

Islamabad, March 15: More than a month after his secret execution, Pakistan’s parliament Thursday passed a resolution condemning hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and demanded the return of his body to his family.
Two days before it completes its five-year term, the National Assembly or lower house of parliament passed the resolution moved by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads a special parliamentary panel on Kashmir.
Besides condemning the hanging of Guru, the resolution expressed concern at the situation created in Jammu and Kashmir by the execution. The House called for Guru’s body to be handed over to his family. Guru was hanged and buried within Tihar Jail in Delhi in February. His execution triggered protests in Jammu and Kashmir.
The parliamentary resolution further said the international community should not remain as silent spectators in efforts to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.
It said steps should be taken to implement the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions on the Kashmir issue.
The resolution called for an end to alleged killings in Jammu and Kashmir and the removal of the army from towns and cities of the Kashmir Valley. It further said all prisoners should be freed, “black laws” repealed and curfew withdrawn from the region.

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