Unearth 'conspiracy' behind Shah's killing, says Jamiat



Srinagar: The Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees on Sunday sought an all-party meeting to formulate a "decisive line of action" to unearth the "conspiracy" behind the killing of its chief Maulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah while declining to support protests or shutdown so as to "give a message of peace".

"We are placing it before the entire society and every political party on Wednesday... and a decisive line of action will be drawn and implemented in due course of time," Jamiat General Secretary Abdul Rehman Bhat told reporters at the residence of the slain religious leader.

Shah, who headed the puritanical Islamic group and was considered a liberal voice, was killed on Friday when an explosive device planted on a bicycle went off outside a mosque in Srinagar.

"We want to unearth the conspiracy and the person.... We would like the facts to come to the light," Bhat, who was accompanied by the group's acting president Ghulam Rasool Malik, said.

Earlier, Malik said the group will remain on its "peaceful course despite this grave provocation".

"We want to give a message of peace not only to the people of Kashmir, but to the entire world, and today we have given a practical example of peace," Malik said.

He said there will be no street protest or shutdown calls by the group, but warned the "people in the power" not to take them for granted.

"By the sword of peace, we will destroy these killers," Malik said while addressing his followers.

He said they did not suspect any group or individual in particular but whichever group is involved in the killing will not be forgiven.

"Whichever group or individual or foreign hand is behind this heinous conspiracy, the nation will not forgive them," Malik said.

He said the group is not associated with politics.

Malik also appealed the civil society, human rights organisation, state administration as well as religious and political organisations to "expose" the conspiracy behind the killing.

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown to protest the killing.

PTI