Showkat killing: Separatists protest again
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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.


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

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