Islamabad: In a show of strength in the Pakistani capital, several banned anti-India militant groups, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Wednesday vowed to take "revenge" for the execution of Afzal Guru and step up their "Jihad" in Jammu and Kashmir.
Scores of members of the groups gathered at the National Press Club for a conference organised by the United Jihad Council to pay tribute to Guru, who was hanged in a Delhi jail on Saturday for his role in the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament.
Chanting anti-India slogans, leaders of the LeT, JeM, Al Badr Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and the United Jihad Council made fiery speeches in which they pledged to continue their jihad in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India.

December 13, 2001: Five terrorists enter Parliament complex and open indiscriminate fire, killing nine people and injuring over 15.

December 15, 2001: Delhi Police pick up Afzal Guru, a member of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), from Jammu and Kashmir. S A R Geelani of Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others - Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru - were picked up later.

December 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10-day police remand.

June 4, 2002: Charges are framed against four people - Afzal Guru, Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru, Afsan Guru and Geelani.

December 18, 2002: Death sentence given to S A R Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru is let off.

August 30, 2003: Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Ghazi Baba, prime accused in the attack, is killed in an encounter with the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar. Three more militants along with him are also killed in the 10-hour encounter.

October 29, 2003: Geelani acquitted in the case.

August 4, 2005: The Supreme Court, while confirming the death sentence of Afzal Guru, commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru's death sentence to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

September 26, 2006
: Delhi court orders Afzal to be hanged.

October 3, 2006: Afzal Guru's wife Tabasum Guru files a mercy petition with then President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Jaunary 12, 2007
: The Supreme Court dismisses Afzal Guru's plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying "there is no merit" in it.

May 19, 2010: Delhi government rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition; endorses capital punishment awarded to him by the Supreme Court.

December 30, 2010
: Shaukat Hussain Guru released from Delhi's Tihar Jail.

December 10, 2012
: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says he would examine Afzal Guru's file after Parliament's Winter session concludes on Decemberember 22.

February 3, 2013
: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Afzal Guru's mercy petition

February 9, 2013
: Afzal Guru hanged in Tihar Jail.

This was the first time in the past four years that the banned groups organised a public gathering in the Pakistani capital though they have held low-key meetings in Rawalpindi and Lahore that were opened to sections of the local media.
Senior JeM leader Mufti Asghar said his group would take revenge against the Indian government and security forces for Guru's hanging.
"We know how to take revenge and we will take revenge," he said.
United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, claimed in his address that Pakistan was silent on events in Kashmir and the hanging of Guru.
The Mujahideen leadership, Salahuddin claimed, believed that the Kashmir issue could be settled only by jihad as talks with India were a waste of time.
However, Salahuddin was flummoxed when a journalist asked him why the United Jihad Council had not organised a gathering to pay tribute to LeT operative Ajmal Kasab after he was hanged last year.
Salahuddin claimed the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and LeT were different organisations and JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed had been cleared of involvement in the Mumbai attacks by Pakistani courts.
"So why protest if they were not involved?" he added.


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