J&K Govt Set To Confront Centre Over Afzal Guru7 September 2011
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to run into a confrontation with the Centre over Afzal Guru's case when it debates his mercy petition in the forthcoming assembly session. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has not ruled out his party's support to the motion, hitting out at the Opposition, the BJP for politicising the issue. The fate of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru has forged political unity in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. If a motion seeking his clemency is put to vote, the ruling National Conference and the opposition PDP seem to have the right numbers in the 87-member House to pass the resolution. And legislator Abdur Rashid, who moved the motion, is optimistic that it will pass. 'I am sure that it will come to discussion and will be supported. Even the BJP will support it because it is a human issue,' Rashid said. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Akbar Lone, too, hinted that some light will be thrown on the Guru episode when the motion is discussed. 'There is no direct evidence in the Afzal Guru case while in Rajiv Gandhi's case, the assassins came in broad daylight with guns,' he said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who took micro-blogging site Twitter by storm over clemency for Afzal Guru, too, is not willing to budge. 'The BJP cannot silence me. I will speak as I am a citizen of the country, this is a free country,' Omar said. In the run-up to the Assembly session, the Afzal Guru controversy is likely to escalate and with separatists not willing to be left behind, the Centre may soon be faced with an emerging crisis in Kashmir.