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Decision on Afzal Guru’s execution expected after Winter Session

Publish Date: 08 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM
Last Updated: 08 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM
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Shinde hints at decision on Afzal Guru
Shinde hints at decision on Afzal Guru

Delhi: The government is expected to take a decision on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru after the Winter Session of the Parliament. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that after the conclusion of the Winter Session on December 20 he will look into the files of Afzal Guru. He also clarified that there will be strict enquiry before giving visas to the 3,000 Pakistani spectators coming to India to watch the Indo-Pak cricket series.

The Supreme Court in 2005 had passed the execution orders of Afzal Guru but his mercy petition is still pending. Earlier P Chidambaram during his stint as the Home Minister had advised the then President Pratibha Patil to reject the mercy petition and allow the hanging of Afzal but Patil failed to take any decision in this regard.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has sought Sushil Kumar Shinde’s opinion before taking any decision on Afzal Guru.

Shinde during a programme organized by a TV channel on Friday said that strict inquiry of Pakistani spectators expected to visit India for the Indo-Pak cricket series will be carried out before giving them visas. It is to be noted that a dozen Pakistani spectators who had come to India on a similar trip in 2007 had not returned back home. Remarkably, terrorists in the garb of Indo-Pak cricket series had carried out recce in Delhi.

(JPN/Bureau)

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