BJP seeks thorough probe


Srinagar, Apr 14: BJP Thursday said it will ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to order a thorough probe into the killing of Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah to expose the conspiracy behind his murder in an IED blast last Friday.
 Former BJP President Rajnath Singh accompanied by Ravi Shankar Prasad and other members of the BJP delegation, presently on a study tour to Jammu and Kashmir, visited Shah’s family at Lal Bazaar here. This is the first time that senior BJP leaders have visited the family of any slain separatist leader.
 “I want to assure you that we will not only raise this issue with Home Minister (P Chidambaram) but with Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) also for a deep and thorough probe into the incident that led to (Shah’s) killing,” Singh told the family of the slain cleric.
 The BJP leader said everyone across the country, including his party, has condemned the killing of the cleric as he had dedicated his life to public service.
 “No one can forget his contribution in the health and education sector. He also wanted peace in Kashmir and (rest of) India,” Singh said.
 Singh said the BJP delegation had come with a message of peace and was willing to meet anyone who wants peace in the Valley.
 “We have decided to raise the issue (Shah’s killing) with the Government of India to seek a thorough probe into it. Whosoever is involved in the killing should be brought to the book,” one of the members of the BJP group and chief spokesman of the party, Ravi Shankar Prasad told Greater Kashmir.
 Prasad said during their interaction with different delegations in the State, the people generally complained of lack of good governance, rampant corruption and mounting unemployment.
 “During our visit, we met different sections of the society including doctors, scholars and leaders of the smaller parties. Based on the feedback, we will be holding wider consultation to prepare a comprehensive report on the situation in Kashmir,” he said, adding that they met 55 groups in both Srinagar and Jammu during four days.
 Prasad said he would ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to select a Kashmiri in Indian Premier League or the national team.
 “I was touched by a question of a youth that despite talent, why there is no Kashmiri representing India in cricket .There is lot of sports talent among the youngsters of state,” he said.
 Earlier, the BJP delegation paid obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine on the banks of Dal Lake.
 They also visited the Gurudawara at Chattipadshahi in Rainawari area of the city where large number of Sikhs had gathered on the occasion of Baisakhi.

 The visiting BJP delegation was gifted, by an NGO here, copies of the Holy Quran translated in Hindi.
 “It was a pleasant surprise,” one the members of the delegation said after receiving a copy of the Holy book from Muhammad Farooq Khan who represents an NGO here.
 Khan said that he wanted to convey the “message of peace” to the BJP leadership.
 “I am not an Islamic preacher but I wanted the leaders to understand the message of Islam, which is being misunderstood,” he said.
 Khan, who runs an NGO ‘Peace and Spirituality Initiative’, said he also wanted to impress upon the BJP leadership that Kashmiris were not “stone-pelters or militants as has been the general impression in the rest of the country”.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 IST

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