Yasin Malik Was The Next Target Of Assassins: LeT25 August 2011
Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik was the next target for the masterminds involved in the murder of Jamiat-Ahle-Hadees chief, Moulana Showkat Shah, according to Lashkar-e-Toiba. The militant outfit had submitted its inquiry report to the All-party Inquiry Committee constituted to probe Shah’s murder, which was released in a special meeting of the committee chaired by Jamiat’s present chief, Ghulam Rasool Malik here on Thursday. It is for the first time since the eruption of militancy in the state that any militant outfit has conducted an independent inquiry into a political assassination. Pertinently, the LeT inquiry findings are partly in line with the police claims. The LeT report has also named Javed Ahmad Munshi alias Bill Papa and Nisar Khan alias Ishaq as being responsible for Shah’s murder. The duo was arrested by police in April earlier this year besides Abdul Gani Dar alias Abdullah Gazhali, chief of a breakaway faction of the Jamiat, Saut-ul-Haq. Furthermore, just as the police had concluded that the murder was the result of factional rivalry in Jamiat, the LeT has also concluded involvement of “traitors from within our own ranks”. “We initially thought that the murder was the handiwork of Indian forces to weaken the freedom struggle and to create confusion in the pro-freedom camp. We never thought that the killers will be our own people. Like Prof Mohammad Ramazan, (former Jamiat president) the death of Moulana Showkat was planned by the traitors from within our own ranks,” the report reads. Shah was killed in an IED blast on April 8 while he was entering a Mosque in Maiusma area of Srinagar for Friday congregational prayers. According to police, the IED was brought from Sopore and detonated by Nisar. The police had concluded that it was a conspiracy involving Saut-ul Haq and Tehreek Mujahideen and that Lashkar provided the explosives. Even as LeT has absolved its men from being involved in the murder conspiracy at any point of time, it has admitted that they (conspirators) were unwittingly supported by the outfit and that it had no knowledge about their evil intentions. Meanwhile, the Thursday’s meeting was attended by Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwiaz Muhammad Umar Farooq, JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Jamat-e-Islami chief, Sheikh Muhammad Hassan, Itihad-ul-muslimeeen chief, Moulana Abbas Ansari besides representatives from other religious and social organizations. The participants reviewed the progress in the investigation into Shah’s killing and debated the inquiry reports received from different quarters including LeT and Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen in this regard. Pertinently, besides its own investigation, the inquiry committee had also sought reports from militant groups. While the LeT report was made public on Thursday, the TeM report will also be released soon. According to its report, the LeT had conducted inquiry by taking into consideration three different perspectives- from the people who were jailed in Kashmir (from Abu Qetal Bhai), from the field commander in the valley, Abdullah Uni and from the operational commander in Muzzafarabad, Hanzla Adnan bhai. “When Muhammad Imran alias Abu Qetal, who was recently released from Srinagar Central Jail, reached us, he said LeT is doing a big mistake by supporting politicians of Kashmir as most of them are hand-in-glove with India. When he was insisted to name the person who had told him so, he named one Javiad Munshi alias Bill Papa. Munshi had told him that Moulana Showkat was killed by them and soon Yasin Malik and others will also be killed.” Munshi had also asked Abu Qetal to tell the chief of Muzaffarbad-based militant conglomerate, Jamaat-ud-Dawah that these politicians (Kashmiri separatists) are not good people. He had even asked Qetal to tell JuD chief not to support them and not to attend their funeral processions. After being arrested by police, the LeT report said, Munshi had named Abdullah Uni and detained separatist leader Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo to give an impression that the people involved in the killing of Shah were from his own fold. “When we enquired from Abdullah Uni, he said Munshi had once told him about the murder of Moulana Showkat. However, Uni had strongly resented the suggestion. Later, the suspected role of Munshi in many instances forced Uni to take action. However, Munshi went into hiding and later on his arrest named Uni to take revenge on him and to involve LeT. Once it became clear that he (Munshi) is a person with ill intentions, the outfit boycotted him.” Quoting LeT’s operational commander , Adnan bhai , the report said, the two culprits Munshi and Nisar Ahmad were introduced to him by one Abu Umair of Tehreek-ul Mujahedeen who is very close to Sheikh Jamil-ur-Rehman of TeM. “Umair had said he had some people who will work for TeM and had sought help so that he can conduct operations. So LeT cautiously helped him out,” the report quoted operational chief as having said. “He (Adnan) got introduced to members of TeM. One group was headed by Munshi while Nisar was part of another group. LeT was in contact with these groups for a year. For Umair, Munshi was a very important person as he looked after important tasks in the valley. In 2010, some ammunition which included detonator, RC and pistols was sent by Umair to Munshi. They took one lakh rupees from us and made the explosive material and later on said it was caught by the forces.” “Umair was making efforts to bring Munshi to Pakistan and hand him the charge of TeM. If Nisar is the son of Abdul Qadir ganie of Beerwah, Budgam, then Umair had the information about the killing of Shah and it is also possible that orders to kill him have come from Pakistan,” the report quotes Adnan as having said. He (Adnan) has also said that Umair was very upset after the death of Moulana Showkat because of the arrest of Munshi and Nisar. “About Munshi, I can say I have known him since I was in contact with this group. He was arrested twice but released after short periods. Some time back, explosive material was recovered from him but was surprisingly soon after. He surely can be a double cross,” LeT operational head has said.