Kashmir Assembly to Debate Guru Amnesty Resolution

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Srinagar, Sept 17: The Kashmir Assembly will debate the resolution seeking clemency for the alleged Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on September 28.

“The draw of lots was held today and the resolution regarding clemency to Afzal Guru was picked up at serial number two during the lucky draw,” a senior government official said.

He said the resolution will now be discussed and debated by Kashmir lawmakers in the Assembly on September 28.

The summer session of the Kashmir assembly begins on September 26 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir.

An independent lawmaker Sheikh Abdul Rashid had submitted a resolution to the Assembly Secretariat seeking amnesty to Guru, who is on death row following his conviction in the 2001 Parliament attack case.

The lawmaker termed it a great development. “I have heaved a sigh of relief over the selection of the resolution. Seven resolutions were selected through the ballot and my resolution was on serial number 2,” he said.

The lawmaker said selection of clemency resolution for Guru through ballot would put entire “Kashmiri nation to a test”. “I hope all parties would rise above politics and support my resolution. Every member of the House should vote in favour of my resolution on humanitarian grounds,” he said.