Maulana Showkat Killing: Family Opposes Court Verdict

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Srinagar: Family members of Jamiat e Ahle Hadees Chief Moulana Showkat Shah reject court verdict of eviction of prime accused in his death.

Talking to reporters here at Press Enclave Srinagar, the family members of Jammu and Kashmir Jamiat e Ahle- Hadees Chief said,”The news that people who are involved in the killing of Moulana Showkat have been acquitted by a local court in Srinagar has once again unmasked the true face of selective prosecution. This decision has rubbed salt on our wounds“.

While rejecting the verdict of a local court, the family members said, “Though much was not expected from the state machinery in 2011 when Moulana was killed but due to the mounting public pressure and unprecedented unity among the diverse stakeholders, the state had to act promptly. It proved itself victorious by claiming to have solved the case in a short span of time which resulted in the arrest of the accused”.

“In the first time of Jammu and Kashmirs history, all stakeholders unanimously agreed to unmask the “unknown gunmen” who carried out the killing of Moulana at the behest of vested interests. This was done to establish that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had stood against the assassination of its intellectuals and nation builders. The investigation based on the evidence, inputs and reports from different government agencies revealed that the persons arrested by the Jammu  and Kashmir Police were the actual accused persons of crime against humanity”, said his brother Molvi Riyaz Ahmad Shah.

“Today acquitting the accused by the court is a proof that the case was pursued by the state in a way which shows a clear ‘malafide intention’. The decision of the court to acquit the accused is a question mark on the institution of policing and institution of justice in Jammu and Kashmir”, Shah alleged. “If the people who have been acquitted of charges are not convicts then who killed Moulana Showkat in broad day light?” asked his son Shoaib Ahmad.

He said, “The judiciary has set all the accused of Moulana Showkat free in this world and we as Muslims have this firm belief that we will be given justice in the court of almighty Allah. We the family of Moulana Showkat were never part of the trials, but we on the day of that assassination have put forth our case before our lord Allah. The day is surely coming when we all will be standing in Allah’s court and on that day true justice will be delivered.

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