Pak condemns killing of Maulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah

Pak condemned the bombing in J&K that killed Showkat Ahmed Shah, President of the Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 23:56 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday condemned the
bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed Maulvi Showkat Ahmed
Shah, president of the Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith.

"Violence against innocent persons cannot be
justified on any grounds. Attacks against mosques and people
engaged in prayers are abominable," said a brief statement
issued by Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua.

The Pakistan government strongly condemns the
bombing of a mosque in Srinagar at Jumma prayers which
resulted in loss of life and injury, including the (death) of
Maulvi Showkat Shah", the statement said.

The government and people of Pakistan express their
"deep sympathy" to members of bereaved Kashmiri families, the
statement said.

Shah, a prominent religious leader of Jammu and
Kashmir, was killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle went off
as he was entering a mosque in Srinagar for Friday prayers.
It is not clear who carried out the attack.

The cleric was close to Kashmiri separatist leader
Yasin Malik.

PTI