Saturday, February 23, 2013

International Judicial Commission must take notice of hanging of Afzal Guru

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Afzal Guru 

Mother of Afzal Guru

On 9 February, a pro independence Kashmiri was hanged in Indian Tahar Jail. An environment of fear prevailed in India during and after the hanging. A kind of secrecy was maintained, neither the relatives were allowed to see him nor some of the Indian cabinet members were informed of the decision. The body of the deceased was also buried within the premises of the jail. The Indian political pundits were baffled. If court had given the verdict on “Attack on Indian Parliament Case”, why the administration maintained an attitude of thieves? Indian government may not be able to answer these questions. Many analysts in India consider this attack an activity of Indian secret agencies which involved the hidden agenda of Indian government.

On 13 December 2001, Indian parliament was attacked by unknown gunmen. Promptly, Indian government and media blamed Pakistan, Pakistan Army, Lashkar Taiba and Kashmiri freedom fighters. Although it was not that big an attack, however, India mobilized its three armored divisions and half a million army to Pakistan border squandering 6.5 crore rupees. In eleven month long stand off, Indian army lost 874 soldiers as non operational casualties.
Tihar Jail of India where Afzal Guru was hanged stealthily 

What was the need of all this? Was India wanted to divert attention from the incident in which few militants were able to reach the parliament in the presence of so many security personnel’s? Did India want to attack Pakistan and staged this whole drama? What was the need of mobilizing huge army against Pakistan border starting from China in the north to Arabian Sea? Were the so called militants able to reach Indian parliament deceiving and defeating all fully armed and trained Indian Special Forces and police? Why the attackers were able to escape after the attack? All such questions were lost in the hot news of stand off between two south Asian nuclear rivals, India and Pakistan. May be the purpose was to engage Pakistan army on its eastern frontier and impose fear of war on Pakistani people. We will discuss that latter. Let’s discuss the run down of Afzal Guru’s trial in Indian court. May be Indian people has also lost the track of it.

Indian Parliament that became the target of  drama planned and staged by Indian Agency RAW

Afzal Guru was presented as Pakistani national named Muhammad Arif alias Ashfaq and master mind of Attack on Indian parliament when he was arrested and brought to court. His statement in the court is also not inconsistent and illogical. Media persons were ordered to leave the court during the recording of the statement.

Afzal Guru told the court that he is an agent of ‘X Branch’ of Indian Secret Agency RAW. He was working in Pakistan. In June 2000, he traveled to Katmandu, Nepal on a Pakistani passport number 634417. He was asked to handover some information to Mr. Sanjay Gupta. Sanjay Gupta ordered him to travel to New Delhi immediately. Gupta himself dropped him at Indian Border. He reached New Delhi by road. He informed Nain Singh of his arrival on phone number 6834454. He was asked to meet Nain Singh by Sanjay Gupta. He was also asked to present himself as Kashmiri from Jammu.
Court directed Nain Singh to verify the statement. He stated that Afzal Guru stayed in his house in village Akali, suburbs of Delhi for one and half month. When his mother came to know the identity of Afzal Guru as Kashmiri. She forced him to leave. He did not know where Afzal Guru moved. When Afzal Guru was arrested, he recalled that the individual had been his tenant. When the court asked Nain Singh of his profession, he refused disclose it in front of the advocates. Instead, he wrote on a paper and handed over to the judge. He informed that he belonged to RAW. The court asked his service card. He put that in envelop and handed over to the judge. The judge even did not bother to ask how a master mind of ‘Attack on Parliament’ had been residing in house of RAW employee for one and half month. The attorneys also did not object the admissibility of evidence by an agent of the secret service.

Mother, Son and Wife of Afzal Guru 

Afzal Guru did not plead guilty to the accusation. He stated that he worked for RAW and had no role in ‘Attack on Parliament’. He also submitted that he was a paid agent. Sanjay Gupta gave him 0.7 million Indian rupees that he deposited in account of Nain Singh. The money was to cover his expenses in New Delhi. When Nain Singh asked him to leave his house, he asked for the money. Nain Singh refused. They had an argument on that. Afzal Guru complained on telephone to his handler, a person named ‘Bhasin’. He was in contact with Bahsin since 1997. Bhasin promised him return of money and arranged a residence for him in Ghazipur, East of New Delhi. But Bhasin vanished. The phone number was also discontinued. He contacted Sanjay Gupta in Katmandu and informed him of the situation. He was asked to go to HDFE Bank of NewDelhi. A person helped him get an account number in the bank and also a driving license. The court verified the account number 0891000024344 of HDFE Bank that had 5.53 million rupees. The bank employees were asked to identify Afzal Guru. They identified him and informed that he was alone at the time.

Dear readers, the details of this trial are lengthy and complicated. These are very interesting and contradictory. Every witness has his own story. At the time of arrest, Afzal Guru was said to be in possession of a pistol. A police inspector said he was firing AK47 during ‘Attack on Parliament’. Another police officer reported him throwing hand grenades. On the other hand the investigating officer stated him as master mind of the attack. Media was kept away from the court room during the hearings. Instead, a press release was issued after each hearing reporting as media persons were in the court room. Discussion during the trials and role of defense attorney are questionable. Despite all that, the so called independent judiciary of India declared him a Pakistani terrorist and gave him a capital punishment. He was hanged on 9 February 2013. The whole of Indian held Kashmir is up in protests. News and reviews in Indian media are totally different now to those which were propagated by Indian government at the time of his arrest.

House of Afzal Guru in Indian Held Kashmir

Now let’s discuss the real purpose of the attack and US strategic needs in the region. As already discussed, India amassed half million army after the incident. Pakistan was forced to dedicate all its energies on its eastern border. Indians could not dare to attack Pakistan for 11 months and than backed of or may be an attack was not on the agenda of USA. May be and US and NATO armed forces wanted their illegal and brutal activities in Afghanistan out of focus. May be Pakistan Army was supposed to be kept engaged on its eastern borders during the process. Indian 2 Corps commander in Rajasthan, who brought his troops too close to the border, was first sacked from command and than sent home because he deviated from the plan.

Further, USA wanted to harass Pakistan using Indian threat and force it to abandon support of Taliban’s in Afghanistan. Pakistani leadership had decided to ‘Do or Die’ in the face of Indian aggression. Pentagon was clear on that. The danger of a nuclear exchange was very much clear. Alas, a Kashmiri young man has been hanged for a staged ‘Attack on Parliament’ for US interests. His blood will not go wasted. It has stained the Indian face. These stains will not be wiped away without the freedom of Indian Held Kashmir.

Written by Khalid Baig,
Published in Daily Nawa-i-Waqt,
Date: 22 February 2013.

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