SRINAGAR: “Shaheed Itehad-e-Millat Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was and will remain as a symbol of unity among Kashmiri masses. His charismatic and multidimensional personality is unforgettable and no Kashmiri can ever overlook his sacrifices and struggle. His struggle for freedom and efforts to wipe out sectarian divide from Jammu Kashmir will always be remembered,” said Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday.
Malik, according to a statement, made these remarks while addressing a gathering at JKLF headquarters organised to remember “Shaheed Itehad-e-Millat” Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah. The meeting was attended by various JKLF leaders and senior activists. Besides Malik, many others addressed the gathering and paid tributes to the slain leader.
In his address, JKLF chairman said Moulana Showkat Shah worked relentlessly for forging unity among the ranks of Muslims. “His efforts to remove the sectarian divide from Kashmir, promotion of Qur’an and Sunnah and communicate it to the new generations, his philanthropy, his works in the field of education and social work, his dream of an Islamic university, establishing non-profit based heath care centres and his passion to strive for a free Kashmir and many qualities like these make him a legendary figure who cannot be ignored even by his enemies.”
Malik said Showkat Shah was “a great scholar, brave and straightforward human being, a loving and caring brother and a person who always gave priority to human cause and humility”.
“His social work, philanthropy and leadership will be always remembered,” Malik said. “Showkat Sahib was a brave son of the soil who despite many adversities remained steadfast to the cause, embraced martyrdom and attained immortal success but those who conspired and attacked Showkat Shaheed got nothing but everlasting shame and disgrace.”
“Shaheed Showkat sahib through his valiant efforts in the fields of religion, social life and politics achieved a high place in history of Kashmir. He was a scholar, a prolific speaker, an educationist, a social worker; a political leader and a person who always loved to promote unity and love in the ranks and files of Kashmiri Muslims,” Malik said.
Taking a dig on “some so-called” religious preachers who on social media are promoting hatred and sectarian divide among Muslims, JKLF chairman said, “A nation which has sacrificed more than hundred thousand people during last three decades and on a daily basis is receiving dead bodies of its loved ones cannot afford such divide. Time has come when elders and Ulema from every sect should to take a leaf out of the life and struggle of Shaheed Showkat Ahmad Shah and stop fringe among their ranks from polluting and poisoning our oppressed society by promoting sectarian strife and hatred.”
Malik said it was Moulana Showkat’s wisdom and relentless work that unnerved many of his enemies. “That is why they adopted modus operandi of Ibn-Maljam and conspired to kill Moulana Showkat,” he said.
JKLF chief also paid tributes to slain youth of Budgam and Ganderbal who were killed by government forces on April 9 last year.
He said these youth laid down their lives during “so-called” parliamentary election in 2017.
Meanwhile, Malik strongly condemned the arrest of several women activists from Dukhtaran-e-Millat who were detained by police at Pulwama recently, terming it “arbitrary and glaring example of police highhandedness”.