People anguished at Maulana Showkat’s murder: Mirwaiz

April 22nd, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, April 22 (IANS) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, Friday accepted that the people in Kashmir Valley had been anguished at the murder of senior cleric Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah in an explosion outside a mosque here April 8.

Addressing a Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Mosque in old city Nowhatta area of summer capital Srinagar, Mirwaiz said: “People and parties are depressed in the wake of this murder. It is a travesty of justice that those who kill leaders next day issue statements mourning their death.”

Mirwaiz also said the separatist political leadership was being targeted in a well planned conspiracy to defeat the “genuine and justified freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people”.

“India could not suppress the voice of the Kashmiri people during the last 20 years and today this voice is being heard throughout the world.

“Whatever the strategies of the occupying forces, no power can defeat the genuine freedom struggle of the people in Kashmir who have made tremendous sacrifices for this cause,” the Mirwaiz said.

There were slogans of “Katilon Ko Nanga Karo” (unveil the murderers) from the stage of the Mirwaiz which were echoed by people in the congregation.

Commenting on the police claims that the assassins of Maulana Showkat had been arrested and the murder plot unearthed, the Mirwaiz said: “We neither accept nor reject the police report.

“We will wait for the final report from the government and then analyze it. At our level, we are also trying to probe the murder.”

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