New Trend Begun To Kill Ulama In Mosques: Malik9 April 2011
Srinagar: Top pro-freedom and mainstream leaders were among the large number of mourners flocking to the Lal Bazaar residence of the slain Maulana Shaukat Ahmad Shah on Saturday to pay condolence to his family, with the chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, saying that a dangerous new trend had been started in Kashmir by killing religious leaders on the doorsteps of mosques. The visitors to the slain pro-freedom leader’s home included the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, former Hurriyat chairman, Maulana Abbas Ansari, the head of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the JKLF chief Muhamad Yasin Malik, the grand mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Basheeruddin, leaders from the Jama’at-e-Islami, the Awami National Conference, and representatives of a number of public organisations. The family also received telephonic condolence messages from the Saudi monarch, King Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of the holy Kaaba, Sheikh Abdul Rahman, and the All India Jami’at-e-Ahl-e-Hadees, among others. Speakers paid glowing tributes to the slain leader, recalling his piety, learning and humility. Demanding the swift unmasking of Maulana Shah’s killers, the Mirwaiz said that pursing his mission of enlightenment and reform would be the most fitting reply to the designs of the assassins. Muhammad Yasin Malik said that Maulana Shah had rendered great services to society on the basis of his integrity, and accord in word and deed. “Maulana Shah was also striving to educate youth on present day issues and modern scientific learning in accordance with the concepts of Imam Ghazali and Allama Iqbal,” Malik said. “Things have now come to such a pass here that a new trend of using bombs to liquidate religious leaders in mosques has been started. All of us have to ensure that this phenomenon is nipped in the bud,” he said.