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No power can hang my husband: Afzal’s wife

The wife of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who is on death row, has dared the next central government to hang her husband. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

india Updated: May 12, 2009 00:02 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

The wife of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who is on death row, has dared the next central government to hang her husband. “No power in India can hang my husband,” said 29-year-old Tabassum Guru. Her statement comes in the wake of repeated trading of charges over the issue by the Congress and the BJP during the poll campaign.

“Political parties can go any extent for political gains but they simply can’t afford to hang an innocent man. My husband has been framed,” she told Srinagar-based English newspaper Rising Kashmir.

A trial court sentenced 39-year-old Afzal to death on December 18, 2002, for his role in the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2002. The Delhi High Court later confirmed the sentence, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004. The sentence was to be carried out on October 20, 2006 in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, but a mercy petition by the family to the President stayed it.

She does not intend to approach Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah to plead Afzal’s case but hoped he would not let her husband to be hanged. “Omar knows his government will fall”, she said.