Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Thursday warned Centre against hanging Afzal Guru saying "it will have disastrous consequences for the whole region".
Warning of return of violent struggle in the state, Malik said, "Kashmiris in 2008 transformed their movement from violence to non-violence. If the decision is taken to hang Guru, it will strike a serious dent in this process of positive transformation."
Malik added that Guru's hanging will have "a new era of violence, which will endanger and jeopardise peace, stability and prosperity of not only Kashmir but the whole sub-continent".
Malik's statement has come at a time when the BJP has raised its pitch to hang Guru after Kasab.
"Kashmiri were not familiar with any kind of violence till Mohammad Maqbool Bhat was hanged at Tihar Jail, Delhi, in 1984. His hanging produced thousands of Maqbools," claimed Malik.
Malik said it was unfortunate that some Congress leaders are toeing BJP's rhetoric on Guru. "This has started a wave of concern through the minds and thoughts of Kashmiris," said Malik.
He said to score political points in coming elections, leaders were increasing their rhetoric for hanging Guru. "We will only advise them to apply their minds and shun the path of poisoning the public sentiment regarding such sensitive issues," said Malik.
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