Jamiat Calls All-party Meet10 April 2011
Srinagar: Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees has called for an All Party Meeting on Wednesday April 13 at its headquarters at Barbarshah here to deliberate on the fallout of Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah’s killing and “devise a strategy to identify and unveil the killers.” Terming the assassination of Moulana Showkat as an attempt to wipe-out the party from the state, Jamiat on Sunday sought help from the state government, political parties, religious organizations and civil society to devise a decisive line of action for identifying the “internal or external” elements behind Moulana’s killing. “Whether the killers are outside or within us, we will not sit unless we unveil them. The assassination of Moulana Showkat seems to be part of a larger conspiracy to annihilate the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees,” the acting president of Jamiat, Ghulam Rasool Malik said at a press conference at the residence of Moulana Showkat here. He said during the last two decades, the party has suffered many blows with the assassination of its past president Prof Muhammad Ramzan and Khateeb Muhammad Riyaz. “All these killings occurred near our Central Mosque Gaw Kadal. They are undoubtedly target killings aimed at crushing our party,” he said. “At this juncture, we don’t want to draw conclusions. We want to maintain that we don’t suspect any group or individual in particular. But whosoever is involved in the killing will not be forgiven. We want to unearth the conspiracy and like the facts to come to the light,” said Malik who was flanked by the party’s General Secretary Abdul Rehman Bhat. He said the Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees has called for an All Party Meeting on Wednesday April 13 at its headquarters at Barbarshah. “We are placing the matter before the entire society. Our aim is to build a consensus among all the groups and devise a strategy to identify and unveil the killers. The deliberations of meeting will be communicated through all the mosques on Friday April 15,” he said. “We urge the people to have patience and not to resort to any such act which will affect peace. We want to give a message of peace not only to the people of Kashmir, but to the entire world. During the past three days, we have given a practical example of peace. There will be no street protest or further shutdown on the killing,” he said. He said the unending condemnations on Moulana Showkat’s killing from the people of Kashmir, and other states, countries and religions, intellectuals, traders, pro-freedom, political and trade organizations show that he was not only a president of a religious party but the leader of masses. “Moulana Showkat was respected by every section of the society for his principles and spreading the message of Islam. In this backdrop, it is the responsibility of the civil society, administration, human rights defenders, political, religious and trade organizations to help us in unveiling the killers. We want to maintain that besides our party, these anti-Islam and anti-human elements have been targeting not only the common Kashmiris but prominent leaders,” he said. But he maintained that the “people in the power” should not take the party for-granted “By the sword of peace, we will destroy these killers,” he said. Despite heavy rains, thousands of people from across the Valley had assembled at Moulana Showkat’s house to express condolence with the bereaved family.