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The Spectre of Afzal Guru

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Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013.

Kashmir, despite a change of guard in both the state and the Centre, didn’t move on, even a bit. The apparition of the hanging of Afzal Guru visits the Valley every year as the Joint Resistance Leadership (top separatist leaders of Kashmir) calls for an entire shutdown on the occasion of Afzal Guru’s hanging.

And the Valley abides.

The dastardly attack in Pulwama, which killed 40 CRPF personnel, came close on the heels of the sixth anniversary of Afzal Guru's hanging. The attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terror outfit which resurfaced in J&K in 2014 — one year after Afzal Guru’s hanging.

The apparition of Afzal Guru actually never left the Valley.

A spectre who still haunts life and death in Kashmir: Afzal Guru. (Photo: PTI)

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