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Sena flays Patil for Afzal-Sarabjit comparison

india Updated: May 23, 2008 17:29 IST
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Shiv Sena on Friday hit out at Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for drawing a parallel between Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Indian prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh and said it was wrong to make such a comparison.

In a hard-hitting editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana the party asked Patil to clarify whether he was the Home Minister of India or Pakistan.

"Shivraj Patil please clarify. Are you the Home Minister of India or Pakistan? You and your government boast of being secular. But your own actions and that of your government speak otherwise," it said.

"You go out of the way to appease the minorities while kicking the Hindus," the editorial said, adding it was totally wrong to draw a parallel between Guru and Sarabjit.

Guru is facing death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case, while Sarabjit too is on death row for his alleged involvement in bomb attacks in Pakistan.

Guru was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004 and the order was to be carried out in October 2006. But now Congress is trying to save him from the gallows on the pretext that he has sent a mercy petition to the President, Sena said.

"Does it mean Patil is conveying the impression that Guru was innocent. When the apex court of India has confirmed death sentence on him, is it wrong to demand execution of the order?" the editorial asked.