Srinagar, February 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar have pledged that the Kash¬miris will never succumb to pressure tactics and use of brutal force by India and its stooges as they are seeking resolution of the Kashmir dispute through right to self-determination in the larger interest of people of South Asia.

People from every nook and corner of the Kashmir Valley, hailing from different walks of life participated in a daylong semi¬nar organized by Awami Ittehaad Party (AIP) in Srinagar.

Breaking all traditions, the seminar was presided over by a 90-year-old Sabaz Ali who had lost his three sons and is feeding nearly a dozen orphans. Tears were rolling down from the eyes of the participants when dozens of the parents and oth-ers spoke how army and Indian forces butchered their near and dear ones during the past 30 years but New Delhi not only denied the jus¬tice but did everything to prove innocent unarmed civilians as ter¬rorists.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi sent in writing and was read out at the seminar said the death penalty once executed leaves no room for correction of error and undue mistrial. He said severe punishment like death penalty presupposes fair trial. Referring to hangings of Mohammad Afzal Gu¬ru and Mohammad Maqbool Butt, Justice Masoodi said that in the cases of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru the principles of fair trial and fair execution were never followed.

In the case of Afzal Guru, the execution of death sentence was hurried and though far behind in the queue the sentence was executed that too without information to his family, Justice Masooodi said.

“In both the cases it is highly doubtful whether adequate legal assistance was provided during the trial. None from the legal lu¬minaries came forward to defend them and it was left to the trial court to appoint an amicus curie,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, the AIP Chairman, Engineer Abdur Rasheed reiterated that the Kash¬miris were not enemies of India and they would be the biggest ben-eficiaries of peace between India and Pakistan. He said, “Had hang¬ing been a solution, no one would have dared to take up arms after the hanging of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru. What happened in Kashmir is ample reason to conclude that death punishment should be abolished.”


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