Kin Aghast As Geelani Seeks Release of Slain Clerics Killers

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SRINAGAR: The mother of Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah former president of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees (JAH) who was assassinated two years ago has expressed anguish and astonishment over the statements of some separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, allegedly supporting the culprits.

In a statement, the mother of late Maulana while referring to few statements published in many daily newspapers of Kashmir today has said that Geelani has mixed the name of two ‘killers Javed Ahmad Munshi alias Bill Papa and Nisar Khan among the names of some political prisoners calling for their early release.

It may be recalled that Maulana Showkat was killed in an explosion on the gates of Ahli-Hadees Masjid Maisuma on April 8, 2011 minutes before Friday prayers. The ailing mother of the deceased Maulana has said: “When her son got killed all the separatist parties including that of Geelani jointly investigated the matter and with the help of militants came out with the names of those who conspired and killed her son.”

The statement added that this was unprecedented as for the first time unknown killers got exposed and arrested. “After this these leaders including Geelani sahib came to console me and I still remember the words of Geelani sahib who drawing similarities between the killings of our great Khulfa-i-Rashideen (RAH) said that Showkat sahib was killed like those Khulafa.”

She has added that today after reading Geelani’s statement she wants to ask him about his double speaks. “The said tainted people are among those who killed Showkat sahib, how and why Geelani sahib is dubbing them as Mujahid now. In the same press statement Geelani sahib has also mentioned the name of one who killed Shaheed Millat Maulana Mohammad Farooq also. If this is what they believe in then I may ask these leaders why they visit the families of those killed and shed tears,” she has said in the statement.

Maulana’s mother has appealed Geelani and other resistance leaders to refrain from double standards and if they cannot do them any favor, do not hurt their hearts and souls. She has added that it is very important to draw distinction between killers and Mujahideen and “if we fail in this, no leader or commoner will remain safe in Jammu Kashmir.”

She has also criticized the ex-leadership and present leadership of Jamiat Ahlihadees for showing negligence in case of Showkat sahib and keeping criminal silence over the matter and said that they will have to face Allah in hereafter and answer for their ‘sins’.

Late Maulana’s mother also criticized the rulers and their forces for not being able to provide justice to the family of Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah and said ‘that this shows their reluctance and negligence’.

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