Kashmiri leaders condemn Shah`s killing

Cutting across party lines, the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah drew widespread condemnation with moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference giving a call for a general strike to protest the incident.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 19:14 PM IST

Srinagar: Cutting across party lines and
ideological divide, the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief
Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah on Friday drew widespread condemnation
with moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference giving a call for
a general strike to protest the incident.
Condemning the religious leader`s killing in an IED blast
at Maisuma, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq said it was an inhuman act and called for a general
strike tomorrow across Kashmir valley in protest.

Hard line Hurriyat conference headed by Syed Ali Shah
Geelani also condemned the incident saying, "It is an act of
terrorism. Whoever has done this is a terrorist."

Spokesman of the Geelani faction, Ayaz Akbar, said, "This
is an act against the freedom struggle of Kashmir and an act
against the religion of Islam. There cannot be enough words to
condemn this incident."

Peoples Democratic Party leaders Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
and Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the incident.

"This killing is another painful addition to the larger
Kashmir tragedy when the society in Kashmir is fighting a grim
battle for their rights and have strongly rejected violence as
a means to achieve political goals," the Muftis said in a
statement.
Expressing profound grief over Shah`s death, CPI(M) state
secretary M Y Tarigami said, "The killing is a heinous and
barbaric act. This is a big tragedy for all the people as the
religious luminary was a highly respected in the society.
Words fail to condemn this barbaric murder. Only enemies of
Kashmir benefit from such heinous acts."

Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti, a body of Kashmiri
Pandits living in the valley, said in a statement, "It will be
written as one of the black days in the history of Kashmir
when such a great Ulema of Kashmir got killed in a cowardice
act."

The organisation also demanded that the union and state
governments book the culprits who are behind this heinous act.

PTI