I’ll Expose Shah’s Killers: Malik8 April 2011
Srinagar: Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of assassinated Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith president Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah at historic Lal Chowk on Friday evening.Maulana Showkat was killed in an explosion outside the Gaw Kadal Jamia Masjid this afternoon. Chanting pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans, people from every part of Srinagar and other districts thronged Lal Chowk to pay last homage to the deceased religious scholar and a political leader. Apart from thousand of his followers, people from all walks of life, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and a delegation of Hurriyat (G) led by party spokesman Ayaz Akbar participated in the funeral prayers. Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, as per the party spokesman, was not allowed to move out from his Hyderpora residence by police. “He was not allowed to leave the residence and participate in the funeral prayers of Moulana Showkat,” his spokesman said. Addressing the funeral procession, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the killing of Shah as ‘attack on the Kashmiri freedom movement’. “His assassination was an attempt to eliminate Kashmir's religious leadership,” he said. “Since 1990 we are witnessing such kind of killings. It is nothing but a conspiracy to deprive us of our religious and political leaders. Apart from being head of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Moulana Showkat had been part of Hurriyat formation and other initiatives. He used to represent the interests of the nation and that of Muslim community at every front,” he said. Mirwaiz said the deceased always worked for unity among the Islamic Ummah and the political leadership of Kashmir. “His killing is a conspiracy to divide us and we will not remain silent over it,” he said. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik while addressing the mourners pledged to expose the killers of Moulana Showkat. “The person, who killed him, is a coward and I pledge that I will not remain silent until I expose him,” he said. He said that it was after his election as head of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, the religious scholars began to raise voice in favour of the Kashmiri freedom struggle. “His killing is a great lost to our nation because we not only have lost a religious scholar but a great visionary, who always remained upfront for upliftment of the Kashmiri people,” he said. “His vision was not only limited to the freedom struggle but he had a vision to educate and empower the Kashmiri people by means of education. Moulana Showkat’s dream was to establish a University for the oppressed Kashmiri people,” Malik said. After the Nimaz-e-Jinazah, his body was taken to his residence in Lal Bazar and later buried in martyrs graveyard Eidgah amidst pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans.