Jamiat Leads Joint Dharna Against Shah’s Murder15 April 2011
Srinagar: Separatist leaders Friday pledged to expose the assassins of Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah while hundreds of people participated in the sit-in protest against the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith chief. Prominent separatist leaders Mirwiaz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Javaid Ahmad Mir joined the demonstration outside the central mosque of Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith at Maisuma. President (Amir) Jamaat-e-Islami, Sheikh Mohammad Hassan and president of Anjuman-e-Shara'ie Shiayan, Agha Syed Hassan were also present on the occasion. “Shah Sahib was killed while he was entering the Masjid. Can the killer claim that he is pursuing Jihad here. The person who has killed Shah sahib cannot be a Mujahid; he is just a killer and a coward,” said an emotionally charged Malik, while addressing the gathering. “Shah Sahib was an intelligent person and I want to know who was afraid of his intelligence that he killed such a great personality,” he said. Replying to a query from one of the protestors about the possibility of involvement of militants in the assassination, Malik said, “Guns are either with the government or with the militants. The militant gun is termed as the gun of people and in the militant ranks there are different groups that operate here in the valley. When we say we want to probe we need to ask both.” “United Jihad Council has extended full support to the committee formed to probe the killing of Shah Sahib and I pledge and assure that if the killer is among the Jihadi groups we will get him. We have not assembled here to issue a Fatwa against UJC but it is the duty of the Jihadi leadership that if the killer is within their organization they should hand him over,” he said. The JKLF chairman expressed apprehensions over the threat to separatist and religious leaders of the valley in the wake of Moulana Showkat’s murder. “We are not here to expose killers of Shah Sahib. It will not bring back the religious scholar to us, but our protest is to safeguard our scholars, intellectuals and leaders who can become the target of these hidden hands that surface every six months.” Malik said efforts to expose the killers and protests against them will continue. In his address, Mirwaiz called for a joint referendum to be read in the mosques across the valley next Friday demanding probe into JAH chief’s killing. “If the killers think that the protests against the killing will die down, they are mistaken. We will not repeat the mistakes of past. I will suggest that a resolution should be passed and read out in the mosques across the valley to expose the killers and bring them to book,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. He said the killing should be probed at every level. “We need to see which organisation or agency the killer belongs to.” Meanwhile, endorsing Mirwaiz’s suggestion for joint referendum to be read in the mosques, Malik called for a sit-in, similar to the one held today, at Jamia Masjid next Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Ansari said, “We can curse or abuse the killer but the reality is that he is among us.” Terming the killers as miscreants and anti-Islamic elements, Ameer-e-Jamaat said the killers should be brought to book as soon as possible.