A Kashmiri artist has alleged that Facebook removed his cartoon on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Mir Suhail Qadiri posted the cartoon on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of Afzal Guru’s execution. The creation showed roots growing out of Afzal Guru’s grave in Delhi’s Tihar jail and connecting with the roots of a large tree named Kashmir. Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside the Tihar jail complex on February 10, 2013, for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack. He was a surrendered militant from Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir.
Facebook confirmed to First Post that it removed the artist’s creation. “We remove any comments – posted by anyone – that praise or support terrorist groups or their actions,” a Facebook spokesperson told First Post.
Mir Qadiri said facebook had even blocked him from posting anything on his Facebook page – MIR Suhail. News Hour India however found out that Qadiri’s page has been unblocked and he has reposted the controversial cartoon on his Facebook page.
A comment on the post read: “Even Mark Zuckerberg is crushing Kashmir movement by all means, To strengthen his Stakes in India. I don’t think there was anything wrong in this cartoon. Time for explanation Facebook for how long power will determine fates of ideas and opinion?”
Meanwhile, student groups at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) clashed over an event against the execution of Afzal Guru and separatist leader Maqbool Bhat and Kashmir’s right to self-determination.
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