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Top religious leader killed in Srinagar blast

Friday April 08, 2011 03:38:20 PM, & Agencies

Srinagar: Prominent religious figure and Chief of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Jammu & Kashmir Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was killed on Friday in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast outside a mosque in Maisuma area of the city, police officials said. He was 57.


Maulana Shaukat Shah was entering the Ahlehadis mosque to offer Friday prayers in the Gaw Kadal area of the city adjacent to city centre Lal Chowk when the improvised explosive device (IED) went off, critically injuring the religious leader and another civilian, police said.

"He was taken to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar where doctors declared him brought dead," a police officer told IANS here.

Another youth, identified as Munir Ahmad Mir, was also critically injured in the blast.

Several attempts were made on the life of Shah in the past.

Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind has expressed shock over the tragic incident. Speaking to on phone, Maulana Asghar Imam Mehdi, General Secretary of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind condemned the tragic incident and termed the untimely death of Maulana Shaukat as a great loss.


"Maulana Shaukat was a popular regional leader and was known for the welfare work he had done for the people in Jammu & Kashmir. His death is a great loss for the people in Jammu & Kashmir, and also for Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Hind", Maulana Asghar said to in phone.


"After becoming President of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Jammu & Kashmir, he had worked extensively for the welfare of people and always advised them to refrain from extremism and violence", he said.


"Though he strongly stood for the rights of Kashmiri people, he was of the view that violence and extremism would never lead to a solution", he said.


"He was instrumental in establishing and running a diagnostic centre for the welfare of people and was planning to start a medical college, the permission for which is in the final stage", he added.






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