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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jammu, September 19, 2013
Bharatiya Janata Party national executive member and former state president Shamsher Singh Manhas said that an FIR should be registered against Nayeem Khan and he should be punished for seditious activities. He was addressing a press conference here on Thursday. Referring to the release of a book having a collection of letters of Afzal Guru, who was executed in February, 2013 for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament, Manhas said that the 94-page book, prepared by separatist leader Nayeem Khan at an event titled 'Ahli Emaam Kay Naam Shaheed Afzal Guru Ka Akhri Paigam' (martyr Afzal Guru's last message to the faithful), has the potential of inducing separatist and anti-national thinking among people in Kashmir.

“Nayeem Khan made such an attempt as the Congress-led UPA government and state's NC-Congress coalition government has adopted a soft approach towards anti-national elements and a handful of separatist leaders in Kashmir have started taking both governments for granted,” he said.

He also questioned the silence on part of the Prime Minister's Office, union home minister and J&K government on this issue and said that the Prime Minister should himself intervene to ensure that the guilty is brought to book.

Shamsher Singh Manhas said: “An attempt has been made to project Afzal Guru as a martyr, while the fact is that he was a terrorist involved in attack on the highest temple of democracy of India and was held guilty for the same. He was a criminal and calling him a martyr is an insult to the constitution of India under which Afzal Guru was sentenced to death.”

He said those painting Afzal Guru as a hero were working against the constitution and hence all such elements should be booked and exposed for their soft approach towards anti-national elements.
Manhas said that the UPA government should take lesson from the US, which has taken a clear stand on terrorists and anti-national elements.

“The commitment of the US government in dealing with such elements can be gauged from the way they killed Bin Laden. Our government should also take strict measures against anti-national elements so that a clear message is sent,” he said.