Seeks return of mortal remains of Butt, Guru

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/12/2019 4:57:16 PM

JRL writes to UN chief

SRINAGAR, Feb 11: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik today submitted a memorandum to the united nations general secretary Antonio Guterres to seek return of mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru.
In the letter JRL wrote, "On behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir we the under-signed convey the overwhelming desire of our people to get the mortal remains of our martyrs legendary Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru to give them a dignified burial they deserve.”
They added that denying the legal right to their kith and kin to give them proper burial and funeral after execution, the two were buried inside the premises of Tihar Jail.
"It is not only our assertion but the opinion of many human rights organizations, activists and justice loving people around the globe that both ideologues Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru’s execution was based on politically-motivated judgments and against all norms of justice and fairness. They were executed just to satisfy the collective conscience of the Indian society rather than on the basis of concrete evidence or the principle of fair justice,"JRL said.
The leaders stated that it has been the constant demand of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to get their mortal remains so that they are given an appropriate and dignified burial. "The demand is completely genuine and in accordance with the principles of law and justice. However, the successive governments of India have rejected this demand and refused to return the mortal remains of the two martyrs to the people,"JRL said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik appealed the UN secretary general to effectively take up the issue with the government of India for the return of their mortal remains to their kith and the people of Jammu and Kashmir.



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