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Afzal does not want to file mercy petition: Wife

None | ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar
Sep 27, 2006 11:21 PM IST

Tabassum Guru says Afzal told her that he is ready to accept the gallows rather than appeal against the sentence.

Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Mohd Afzal, who is facing the gallows for his role in the Parliament attack in 2001, is unwilling to file a mercy petition before the President, his wife said on Wednesday.

"He (Afzal) has lost faith in the judiciary and is unwilling to file an appeal before the President," Tabassum Guru, a nurse by profession, told reporters who visited her house at Doubgah village in Sopore, 55 km from Srinagar.

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She said Afzal told her that he is ready to accept the gallows rather than appeal against the sentence.

However, Tabassum said she along with her father Ghulam Mohammad and nine-year-old son Galib Afzal, were leaving for New Delhi on Thursday to persuade him to file a mercy plea before President APJ Abdul Kalam.

"I will try to motivate him... We need him," she said.

A Delhi court on Tuesday ordered that Afzal be hanged on October 20, four years after it sentenced him to death in the Parliament attack case. The conviction was confirmed by the Delhi High Court and later by the Supreme Court.

With prayers for her husband on her lips, Tabassum said she along with her father and son met him last in Tihar jail on August 12.

"My husband is innocent and implicated deliberately in the case. We want him (Afzal) back with us," a visibly disturbed Tabassum said.

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