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Afzal Guru letter to wife expresses pride

Posted on Feb 18, 09:57PM | IBNS

Srinagar, Feb 18 : Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in his last letter to his wife before his hanging asked her to be proud of his sacrifice and not to grieve.

Written in Urdu, the letter which was sent by Speedpost when translated said he thanked the Allah for giving him the opportunity to do this honour.

The letter was made public on Saturday by his family.

"In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful-- 6:25 am---9/2/2013---Respected family and all the believers. Asalam u alikum (peace up on you) I thank almighty Allah that he has chosen me for this honour/destiny. I congratulate all the believers for we all continue to side with truth and be raised among the righteous in the hereafter. My request to my family is that instead of grieving over my end, they should respect the destiny I have achieved. Allah is there to protect and help you all. I leave you in Allah's protection," read the letter as translated by The Rising Kashmir daily.

The letter was written before his hanging. He had asked for a paper and pen before his execution.

There were several days of curfew in Kashmir after the hanging of Afzal Guru since he hailed from the terrorism-hit state.

Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9. The execution took place at 8 am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

Guru's execution was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.