Separatists Slam Moderate's Killing10 April 2011
Srinagar: In a rare instance, separatists in the Kashmir have spoken out against the killing of Maulana Shaukat, a religious leader in the Valley. Also interesting is that it's the first time a Chief Minister has visited the family of an assassinated separatist. Hundreds of voices in the state are making one demand: catch those who killed Maulana Shoukat. The Kashmir Valley witnessed a second day of protest after the moderate religious leader was assassinated outside the mosque in Srinagar. 'This time we will not sit idle. We have decided that we will find the killer and bring him before the people of Kashmir,' said Yasin Malik, Chairman, J&K Liberation Front. For once, the moderate separatists are speaking in one voice, openly speaking up against the killing of the man who headed the Jamiat-e-Ahlehadees or JAH which has over a million followers and 800 mosques in Jammu and Kashmir. The JAH itself blames the black sheep within the Islamists. 'This hideous conspiracy should be exposed and black sheep among Muslim Umah should be identified and given exemplary punishment,' said Maulana Ghulam Rasool, President, JAH. The police are now worried about the safety of other moderates. They suspect Maulana Shoukat may have been killed because he spoke of peace. 'He had been speaking openly and publically against stone pelting and return of peace. He was seen as man who was working for peace in Kashmir. These things have played a role in his assassination,' said SM Sahai, IGP, Kashmir. The outspoken Maulana may have been silenced, but his supporters are refusing to remain silent over his assassination. Thousands continue to pour in at his residence and voices are getting shriller for bringing culprits to justice.