Afzal Guru justified Parliament attack in 2008 letter

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 10:11 hrs

New Delhi: A letter, allegedly written by Afzal Guru, who was executed earlier this month, was published by an Urdu newspaper in Kashmir, in which Guru defends the 2001 Parliament attack.

He said there was no need to be ashamed of the December 13 attack on Parliament, but had stopped short of owning any responsibility for it.

"We should not feel ashamed of December 13," Guru allegedly wrote, referring to the date of the terror attack at Parliament in which nine people were killed, most of them security guards, NDTV reported.  

In the letter, Guru asked Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin not to be "ashamed of December 13" and stop terming the attack as a "conspiracy".

The report said that the letter was sent in 2008 to Shabnum Qayoom, the editor of the newspaper Qaumi Waqari.

Shabnum Qayoom said that Guru wrote that the terror strike is not cause for shame, just as army troops who violate human rights in Kashmir are not apologetic for their actions, the report quoted him as saying. 

Shabnum Qayoom told PTI that he has been receiving Guru's letters and articles and is sure that this letter was written by him.

"I used to receive his (Guru's) letters and articles, so this was nothing new. The handwriting is the same as the previous letters and articles. I do not care if people believe it to be authentic or not," he said.

Asked why he did not publish the letter for four years, he said he did not deem it appropriate.

"I believe he was swept by emotions. He was not involved but he thought that as there was no way for escape, why not accept and achieve martyrdom. I did not think it was appropriate to publish the letter that time as it would might been taken as an evidence against him, but now that he is no more, I went ahead with it," he said.

Guru had said in the letter, "I request Salahuddin to not call the attack of December 13 as a conspiracy. It pains my heart. The attacks are related to Kashmir issue. If the attack was a conspiracy, then the whole struggle is a conspiracy.We should not be ashamed of December 13".

He said as long as the Kashmir issue is kept unresolved, India and its rulers will have "temporary peace".

Guru was found guilty of providing arms and accommodation to the five terrorists who drove into Parliament and opened fire.  

He was hanged in a top-secret operation earlier this month and then buried at Delhi's Tihar Jail, where he had been on death row since 2004.  

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