With the Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of 1993 Delhi blast convict Davinderpal Singh Bhullar, political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday alleged double standards, raking up the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru.
National Conference spokesman Junaid Mattu said the verdict highlighted the “stark discrimination somewhere in our system that made the central government to expedite death sentence of Afzal Guru”.
Mattu said Afzal wasn’t provided with adequate opportunities to appeal for clemency as was done in Bhullar’s case. And PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said: “It is another example of double standards displayed vis-à-vis Kashmir and with every such development, the wounds of Kashmiris are reopened.”
Meanwhile, Union minister Farooq Abdullah blamed then Union Home Secretary R K Singh for the hanging. “He has proved his credentials by joining the BJP. It was he who hanged Guru.”