Showkat killing: Separatists protest again

Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 22:29

Srinagar: As separatist leaders on Friday
staged a second sit-in against the assassination of
Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Maulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah, moderate
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said they will not
tolerate the targeting of their colleagues.

Mirwaiz warned against a situation where people in
Afghanistan were killed over differences in opinion saying
the separatist leaders will no longer remain silent over the
killings in the interest of the `Kashmir movement`.

"Today we have to stand against this mindset which has
plagued us everywhere. If we talk about Afganistan, it was
under control but then a time came when this mindset wrecked
havoc there. Some people thought that only they are right,
that only their way is right," Mirwaiz said addressing
supporters outside the Jama Masjid here.

Separatist groups held sit-in protests for a second
consecutive Friday against the killing of Shah in an IED
blast on April 8.

"All who are sitting here have come to a conclusion
that we cannot remain silent anymore. Whosoever is the killer,
whether the conspiracy was hatched by a group or an (militant)
outfit or a leader or an (intelligence) agency or a country,
all these hands of killers should be exposed before the
people," Mirwaiz said.

Besides Mirwaiz, the joint protest was attended by
JKLF chief Yasin Malik, National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad
Khan, the acting Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Ghulam Rasool
Malik and leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Sheikh Mohammad Hassan.
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani did not
attend the protest and had gone to north Kashmir`s Baramulla
district.

Malik while addressing the gathering warned that some
elements are trying to push Kashmiris towards a civil war.
He appealed to religious and political groups to come
forward to defend the mosques and shrines which, he said, are
facing a threat after the killing of Shah.

Soon after the gathering dispersed, young boys threw
stones at the police and CRPF personnel who were deployed on
the road outside the Jama Masjid.

Police, however, managed to control the stone-throwing
and chased away the boys.

Three people including the leader of a hardline
Islamic group Saut-ul-Haq have been arrested so far, which
police claim planned and executed the bomb attack on Shah.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 22:29

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