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Dukhtaraan chief Asiya’s husband, former TM chief Gazali booked for murder
Police claims to have cracked Maulana’s assassination
4/17/2011 12:44:26 AM
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
SRINAGAR, Apr 16: Police today confirmed the Early Times scoop dated April 13th and declared that Jameel-ur-Rehman’s organisation ‘Sout-ul-Haq’, in coordination with radical cadres of Lashkar-e-Toiba, had assassinated Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith chief, Maulana Shaukat Ahmed
Shah, in an IED blast at a mosque in Maisuma on Friday last. According
to Police claim, detained Dukhtaraan-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi’s
husband, Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, septuagenarian Ahl-e-Hadith activist
and one-time “Chief Commander” of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TUM), Abdul Gani Dar alias Abdullah Gazali, besides the Valley’s most wanted militant and Pakistani commander of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Abdullah Uni, were key characters behind the cleric’s killing.
During its weeklong exercise, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of District Police Srinagar has discovered that Maulana Shaukat Shah’s
intimate relationship with JKLF Chairman, Yasin Malik, besides his
role in making Jamia Ahl-e-Hadith (JAH) as a part of Jamiat
Ahl-e-Hadith of India, became the key reasons of his assassination on April 8th. Sources associated with the investigation revealed to Early Times that Karachi-based chief of Sout-ul-Haq, Maulana
Jameel-ur-Rehman, JAH ideologue and former TUM chief, Abdul Gani Dar alias Abdullah Gazali and detained Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM) chief, Ashiq Hussain Faktoo alias Dr Qasim, had played key role behind the assassination.
According to these sources, LeT’s Kashmir chief and Sopore-based commander Abdullah Uni, had provided arms and ammunition while as a radical breakaway group of six to eight youth, carried out the operation. Sources said that, on the basis of various leads and inputs, SIT had succeeded in arresting Abdul Gani Dar alias Abdullah Gazali of Russu (Beerwah), Budgam, Javed Ahmed Munshi alias Bila Papa R/o Methan Chhanpora (both TUM activists), besides Nisar Ahmed Khan alias Ishaq R/o Khan Colony Chhanpora and Altaf Ahmed Rather R/o Galwanpora Hyderpora (both JUM cadres).
Search was still underway for Tariq Ahmed Wani alias Maulvi Tariq of Naqashpora Barbarshah, Farooq Ahmed Sofi of Rampora Chhattabal, Maqsood Ahmed Shah of New Colony Soura, and Sajjad Ahmed alias Khanda of Methan Chhanpora, besides the Pakistani commander of LeT Abdullah Uni.
Quoting interrogation reports of the three etained persons, sources revealed that cadres a radical breakaway group, headed by Bila Papa
and promoted in Pakistan by Jameel-ur-Rehman, who is Sout-ul-Haq chief
and representative in United Jihad Council, had developed serious
differences with Maulana Shaukat over the latter’s close association
with Yasin Malik. Men of the group were also disturbed over Maulana becoming JAH chief for four successive terms.
On several occasions, they confronted him openly over his association with a “secular leader” (Malik) and his public utterances and speeches
in which Maulana had emphasized on “brotherhood among all Muslims”. On more than one occasion, they had questioned Maulana’s role in promoting harmony between different sects of Islam and restricting his sermons to just propagation of Islam without laying any emphasis on Jihad and militant Islam.
Members of the group sought written opinion from Madani clerics of the
organisation about a puritanical Muslim’s Muslim’s courtship with a
“secular leader”. The clerics issued a Fatwa, saying it was
“un-Islamic” but they did not issue a specific opinion in endorsement
of death sentence to such a “delinquent”. Bila Papa tried to motivate Nisar Ahmed Khan but every time he refused to carry out the assassination in absence of a written Fatwa from the clerics.
Meanwhile, Gazali met Dr Qasim three times in Central Jail Srinagar where the duo planned and approved the assassination. LeT chief Abdullah Uni was contacted in Sopore. He sent his man “Bashir” three times to Bila Papa in Chhanapora. Subsequently, Uni provided three
Chinese pistols and equal number of detonators for killing Maulana.
Eight gelatine rods were acquired from a quarrying worker in Panta
Chowk. It was strictly made clear that only the target, Maulana Shaukat, should get killed and nobody else should be harmed.
Before the April 8th fatal blast, Bila Papa and Nisar Khan made two attempts on two successive Fridays. On March 25th they planted the IED
on the bicycle but could not trigger off the blast as Maulana was accompanied by his “lovely son”. On April 1st, they again failed to cause the blast as Maulana was closely escorted by two youngsters.
They finally got the opportune time on April 8th when Maulana was all
alone entering the mosque from its rear door as usual.

According to these sources, the radical combine of TuM-JuM-LeT was strongly opposed to Maulana’s “growing association” with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, several other mainstream politicians and a number of officials and political leaders in New Delhi with his mission of ‘integrating” JAH with India and seeking an Islamic University for the organisation. However, they did not seem to be
aware of Maulana’s two secret meetings with Dileep Padgaonkar-led three-member team of interlocutors in New Delhi in January this year.
IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai, flanked by DIG Central Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir and SSP Srinagar, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, today revealed at a news
conference that Maulana’s killers had been identified and three members of the group had been arrested. They said that Bila Papa
fabricated the IED on his own bicycle and Nisar Khan activated the IED
with a remote control device.
IGP stated that on 08.04.2011, Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, President
Jamiet Ahl-e-Hadith was killed in an IED Blast near Masjid Ahl-e-Hadith at Maisuma Srinagar. Immediately, investigation was set into motion, during which the criminal conspiracy behind the killing has been unearthed. Members of a radical religio-political out fit namely Sout-ul-Haq and some other radical elements have been found
behind the conspiracy. Moulana Showkat was perceived as one against sectarianism and helping to defuse sectarian clashes. His work in education field, especially trying to get a university from the government was perceived by them as a compromise with the government when they failed to dislodge him through elections, conspiracy was
hatched to eliminate him. Also his proximity with certain separatist leaders was not liked by them.
He said that, one Abdul Ghani Dar @ Abdullah Gazalli and Ashiq Hussain Fakhtoo @ Dar Qasim who is presently lodged in central Jail Srinagar
discussed the broad contours of the plan during a visit by Gazalli to Dr Qasim. However, the actual execution of the plan was left to one Javaid Ahmmad Munshi @ Bill Papa resident of Chanapora Srinagar who sought help from Lashkar Commander Abdullah Uni. He received some material from Abdullah Uni and arranged some of it locally. Various parts of execution were done by various other members. However, the actual triggering of the IED was entrusted to one Nissar Ahmmad Khan @
Ishaq R/O Chanapora. Abdul Gani Dar@ Abdullah Gazalli, Javed @ Bill Papa and Nissar Ahmmad Khan have already been arrested.
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