Mehdhi paid the price for his pro-India leanings
5 November 2000
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: IT STANDS out clearly that the militants had targeted Agha Sayeed Mehdhi for his pro-India leanings if the spate of statements by various militant outfits offer any indication. Agha Sayeed Mehdhi, who was top leader of Congress in Jammu and Kashmir before he resigned a couple of months ago, was killed in a landmine explosion in Kanihama on Srinagar-Gulmarg Road on Friday. He and five others had died in the explosion. Although leaders of the secessionist conglomerate All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) attended the funeral procession of Mehdhi conveying their disapproval of the assassination, the militant outfit, the Jamait-ul-Mujahideen, justified the killing saying that he was a “pro-India political leader”. A spokesman of the Jamait-ul-Mujahideen said that “Mehdhi was India’s supporter to whom the blood of Kashmiri martyrs was always white”. He said that it did not matter whether the slain politician was a Sunni or Shia. He said that it was known to one and all that “Agha was against the Kashmir’s struggle and he deserved this end.” The assassination had provoked widespread protests in Shia-dominated parts of the Valley. One person was killed and several houses set ablaze by the mob over the killing of Mehdhi, who besides being a political leader also happened to be the religious leader of the community. The Shia community leadership is keeping mum on the issue.