Jamiat Chief’s Murder: BJP Seeks PM’s Role In Probe14 April 2011
Srinagar: The rightwing BJP Thursday said the party will raise the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahlehadith president Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah with Prime Minister and urge him to order a thorough probe into the killing to expose the conspiracy behind his murder in an IED blast last Friday.Former BJP President Rajnath Singh accompanied by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnavaz Hussain and other members of the BJP delegation, presently on a study tour to Jammu and Kashmir, visited Shah’s family at Lal Bazaar here. This is the first time that senior BJP leaders have visited the family of any slain separatist leader in Kashmir. “I want to assure you that we will not only raise this issue with Home Minister P Chidambaram but with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also for a deep and thorough probe into the incident that led to Shah’s killing,” Rajnath told the family of the deceased. “He was a good man and his good intentions cannot be doubted. After all he was a human being,” he said when asked about the BJP leaders visiting Shah’s family. The former BJP president said everyone across the country including his party has condemned the killing of the religious scholar as he had dedicated his life to public service. “No one can forget his contribution in the health and education sector. He also wanted peace in Kashmir and rest of India,” Rajnath said. He said the BJP delegation had come with a message of peace and was willing to meet anyone who wants peace in the Valley. “Kashmir is the crown of India and we want it shining. We seek cooperation of everyone who wants peace here,” he said. Shah was killed in the blast of a low intensity improvised explosive device (IED) placed on a bicycle outside the Ahlehadith mosque here April 8. Earlier, the BJP delegation paid obeisance at Hazratbal shrine on the banks of Dal Lake. They also visited the Gurudawara at Chattipadshahi in Rainawari area of the city where large number of Sikhs had gathered on the occasion of Baisakhi. The visiting BJP delegation was gifted copies of the Holy Quran translated into Hindi by a head of an NGO here, who wanted to convey the message of peace. 'It was a pleasant surprise,' one the members of the delegation said after receiving a copy of the Holy book from Muhammad Farooq Khan here on Wednesday. Khan said that he wanted to convey the 'message of peace' to the BJP leadership. Khan, who runs an NGO 'Peace and Spirituality Initiative', said he also wanted to impress upon the BJP leadership that Kashmiris were not 'stone-pelters or terrorists as has been the general impression in the rest of the country'.