To: The President of India,
The Prime minister of India,
The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India,
The Chief Minister of Jammu Kashmir, Srinagar
CC to: The President of Azad Jammu Kashmir,
UN Secretary General,
We, the People and the Civil Society of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, express our anguish and concern over the denial of rights of people of Jammu Kashmir to obtain the possession of the remains of their fellow subject of the state , Maqbool Butt to burry according to their own cultural and religious tradition.
Maqbool Butt was killed by hanging on Feb.11, 1984 in Tihar, Delhi as the consequence of retaliation expressed by that time Indian Regime. He was hanged to take the revenge of the killing of an Indian Diplomat by some unknown organization claiming to be Kashmiri. An act of shame for a country called India. Even after His Death, his body was not handed over to his family and people, rather buried in Tihar Jail, Delhi. People and civil society of Jammu Kashmir do respect him for his legendary struggle for the restoration of freedom in Kashmir. He is now hero of our nation. To pay tribute to Maqbool Butt, People of Srinagar have already built and reserve a grave for him in Martyrs Grave Yard of Eidgah, Srinagar. But his formal burial is still awaited.
- Government of India to behave and understand the feelings of the people and civil society of Jammu Kashmir about Maqbool Butt.
- Government of India to Hand over remains of Shaheed e Kashmir for proper burial.
- Secretary General of United Nation to use his influence to convince govt. of India for release of remains of Maqbool But
- President of Azad Kashmir and Chief Minister of Jammu Kashmir to take appropriate measure to obtain the remains of Shaheed e Kashmir.
Maqbool Butt Foundation
SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE AFZAL GURU
Mohammad Afzal Guru, 35, a resident of a north Kashmir town of Sopore, was arrested in December 2001 in connection with the attack on the Indian parliament in New Delhi. Afzal is presently lodged in New Delhi’s high security Tihar jail and is facing death penalty, the date for which has been fixed as 20th October 2006.
We condemn Mohammad Afzal’s capital punishment and therefore appeal you to join our efforts for the withdrawal of death sentence.Keeping in view the international humanitarian standards, we are of the opinion that the Afzal Guru’s trial was not satisfying the standards laid out for fair trial. In his case the confession that was basis of his conviction in trial court was rejected by the Supreme Court of India and according to the evidence produced by the State he was accused as a facilitator and not directly involved in the attack. Thereby, the death penalty is disproportionate even according to the Indian Supreme Court’s different judgements and the case doesn’t even fall under the “rarest of rare” cases in which the Supreme Court of India has observed death penalty should be awarded. The trial was completely influenced by the propagandist Indian media, which had pronounced its verdict even before the trial had actually begun. The Kashmiris perceive the death sentence to Afzal Guru as an act of appeasement to the jingoistic pride of India. Also the timing and date fixed by the Court seems to be motivated.
Attached is the appeal for signature campaign. We also appeal you to either write in your individual or the organisational capacity the protest letters to the Indian President or send a copy to us.
Please send a copy of your letters to us.
SAVE AFZAL GURU CAMPAIGN
Organised by: JK Coalition of Civil Society