Our Former Members Killed Moulana : LeT25 August 2011
Srinagar: A probe by the Lashkar-e-Taiba into the April killing of socio-religious leader Moulana Showkat Ahmed Shah has revealed that two of its former members are the culprits. Interestingly, the police arrested soon after the crime Javed Munshi alias Bil Papa and Nissar Ahmad, now identified by the LeT. The police investigation, according to sources, revealed that the two were responsible for the murder of Moulana Showkat, head of the Jamiat. The LeT report was released by the Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees after a meeting of religious and political leaders here. Those who attended the meeting included Hurriyat Conference (moderate) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik, Jamat-e-Islami leader Amir Sheikh Mohammad Hassan, Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Moulana Abbas Ansari and Islamic Study Circle chairman Yusuful Umar. According to the LeT, its investigation was done on the basis of two reports, one from Abu Qatal, a detenu recently released from jail, and the other from the Hanzla Adnan Bhai, operational commander based in Muzaffarabad, and on the basis of an interview with Abdullah Unni, LeT commander in north Kashmir. The LeT has concluded that Moulana Showkat was killed by Javed and Nissar without the consent of the outfit. Javed was hell-bent on killing the Moulana and also Mr. Yasin Malik, who according to him, were leaning towards India and “deserved to be killed.” The Lashkar has denied that the killing was approved by Unni; “instead, he asked him [Javed] not to do this when he broached the idea. But he escaped and did it.” Javed had “earlier told Qatal in jail that these two leaders were to be executed and he would contact Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan and tell him that “no funeral should be allowed in their case,” said the LeT report. Lashkar's Muzaffarabad commander Abu Adnan has revealed that Javed and Nissar were introduced to him by Abu Umair, chief of the Tehreekul Mujahideen (TuM) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “They were very close to him and we supported them from time to time,” he has been quoted as saying. He told the “investigation team” that they used to send arms and ammunition to this group and at one point of time they had sent Rs. 1 lakh but “when asked to give accounts they said the explosives were purchased and they got destroyed.” A Jamiat spokesman said the TuM report would be released shortly.