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Had Vajpayee been PM, Afzal's execution wouldn’t have happened: Ex-RAW chief

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  1. TSUNAMI

    TSUNAMI Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: Calling the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru a setback to the process of reconciliation and normalcy in Kashmir, former chief of Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and an expert on the valley AS Dulat has said that had AB Vajpayee been the Prime Minister he would have never let Guru hang.

    "Even though BJP had been demanding Guru's hanging, Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have not done it had he been heading the government," Dulat told TOI. Dulat headed RAW in 1999-2000 and was subsequently appointed as advisor to the PM (Vajpayee) on Kashmir. He was instrumental in shaping BJP's Kashmir strategy and an important player in Track II diplomacy.

    Neither Congress nor BJP, which has both demanded and gloated over Guru's hanging, are likely to find the comment palatable. However, Dulat is firm in his opinion that the hanging has come at a wrong time when the valley was moving towards normalcy. "It has the potential to take the valley several years back. I was not expecting this to happen," he said.

    Sentiments over Guru have been strong in the valley and as has been evident from the protests following the hanging — three civilians are reported dead in the clashes between protestors and security forces despite the latter having been told to exercise utmost restraint — things always have the potential to spiral out of control in Kashmir.

    Even as the establishment has been banking on the anticipation of a good tourist season, strict but cautious policing and a youth geared more towards reaping benefits of a rising economy than causing long-drawn stir, observers say Kashmir can be unpredictable.

    "Kashmiris are smart people. They can reap economic benefits and still vent their anger. They are also politically very conscious. Already the security clampdown is being called Gaza-isation of the valley. Also, while the youth is economically inclined, it is also very impatient," said an expert.

    Sources also said as much of a political decision it may have been for the Congress, the party may not benefit from it in the upcoming elections. The leapfrogging to hang Guru over Beant Singh and Rajiv Gandhi killers will only hurt its secular image. In fact, it's the BJP that will be able to consolidate its support base as it has been demanding the hanging for several years, sources said.

    However, according to Dulat, the biggest loser in this entire episode is J&K CM Omar Abdullah. "He has completely lost his credibility in the valley," says Dulat. Not surprisingly, Abdullah has been constantly distancing himself from the decision and has castigated Centre over it.

    Dulat says the government must now devise a strategy to find a way out of the situation. "And the solution should attempt to go beyond law and order mechanisms. Militancy is not the thing to fear in the valley, but public anger is," he added.

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    Had Vajpayee been PM, Afzal's execution wouldn?t have happened: Ex-RAW chief - The Times of India
     
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    TSUNAMI Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I will say it a statement under current govt. pressure....
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    I guess he is looking for a new government Job after his retirement
     
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    Had I taken up fishing as a hobby, I would be routinely catching whales.
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    In your Back yard swimming pool, right ?
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    arre jab phenkna hi hai, to kya farak padta hai?
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Haan Ye baat bhi hai :laugh:
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Jihadi PR by Al-Qaeda/Congress party
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Nope. It's the truth.
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    It is sickular PR. Cong hanged him, it was a positive act. Had NDA hanged him [but how, it was not in power in 2005], it would be communal act. BUT, ABV was secular, no hanging by him.

    Twisted logic, but then that is how sickulars think.
     
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    Trendz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Yes we believe :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  12. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    what is the reason for statement?
     
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    TSUNAMI Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Bro, just a question??

    How much congress is paying for justifying all these things against party??
    Bcz I am also not satisfied with my salary in S/W industry??
    Any thing more then 50000 a month is very much welcomed :troll:
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Instead of trolling why don't you ask the BJP that if they were sooooo hardline about their stand, how come their allies in the valley is the PDP? PDP is far closer to the separatists that the Omar group ever was. As long as the PDP is ally of the BJP there was not one chance in hell that they'd EVER hang Afzal Guru. Let me repeat- anyone who thinks that the BJP would have hanged Afzal Guru is seriously out of his mind.


    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/repor...s-led-to-trust-deficit-in-kashmir-pdp_1799249
     
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    Afzal Guru: Mehbooba Mufti calls execution disappointing, Kashmir valley placed under indefinite curfew


    SRINAGAR: Terming the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Saturday as disappointing, Jammu and Kashmir opposition PDP president Mehbooba Mufti demanded handing over his body to the family for last rites.

    "While the hanging should not have been carried out, the return of Afzal's body was the least the government could do to show its concern for humanitarian values," the PDP president said in a statement here.


    Mehbooba said the PDP believed that whatever the requirements of legal process, there was a need for the government to take into consideration the overall political impact of this execution, which is the reason why the option of mercy has been provided under the constitution.

    She said the PDP had, keeping this in view, made an appeal to the President of India in 2011 to grant clemency to Guru and commute his death sentence into life imprisonment.

    "We feel that at a time when there is a need to step up measures to reduce the trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, the execution of Afzal Guru could produce results to the contrary. Our party is generally in favour of scrapping death penalty from the statute book and we reiterate that position once again," Mufti said.

    Referring to chief minister Omar Abdullah's claim that he had no role in carrying out the execution, Mehbooba said the state government cannot be absolved of its responsibility in taking this crucial decision that can have long term political implications on the state.
     
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