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Jammu, Mar 20: The Legislative Assembly on Wednesday condemned the killing of an innocent youth by unidentified gunmen in north Kashmir’s Sopore town last evening.
Making a suo-moto statement about the killing of Suhail Ahmad Sofi son of Ghulam Nabi Sofi the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said: “Suhail was chased by militants and he entered a mosque but the militants followed him and fired upon him inside the mosque, killing him there.”
Condemning the killing, Omar expressed dismay over the behavior of “some members” who raise their voice against the killings in which security personnel are involved but keep mum “when militants kill innocent people.” “If this killing would have been committed by security forces, they would have torn apart their clothes, banged tables here and sought response from the House”, he said, questioning their double-standards. “But since the security forces are not involved in this killing, these members keep mum.”
Omar said the innocent killing either by security forces or by militants were equally condemnable and his government has never hesitated to condemn the killings from either side.
At this point the independent legislator, Er Rashid got up from his place and started interrupting Omar. He said in the past thousands of Kashmiris were killed by the security forces but nobody condemned it.
Continuing his statement, Omar said; “Shedding of innocent blood either by security forces or by militants should be condemned in unequivocal terms without any discrimination. This politics over the killings should stop.”
Er Rashid again tried to interrupt Omar however he was warned by the Speaker Mubarak Gul to “behave properly.”
Some National Conference and Congress legislators stood at their place to counter Rashid who did not relent.
The Speaker ordered for marshalling out Rashid who was by that time seated at his chair. The marshals ran towards Rashid and dragged him out of the House.
Later the Speaker condemned the killing of Suhail. National Conference legislator Javed Dar said Suhail was lone bread winner for his family. He demanded that government should come forward to help the family.
State CPI-M leader MY Tarigami said violence in all forms should be condemned, “The violence particularly the extremist violence is cancerous,” he said.
The legislator Hakeem Muhammad Yasin and other members also condemned the killing.
Sofi was believed to have been killed for helping security forces in organizing sports events, which had helped in keeping youth away from disruptive activities after 2010 summer agitation in the Valley.

Meanwhile, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of a teenager in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district stating “every innocent killing should be denounced.”
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat led by him strongly denounces the killing of a youth at Doabgah, Sopore. “We also condemn the statement issued by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that there was selective outrage against the youth’s killing at Sopore. We want to convey to him that he is being briefed every minute about the happenings and we have been caged in our homes. It is obvious that it would take us time to know the happenings,” Mirwaiz said.
He said for separatists, only newspapers and mobile phones are the main source of news.
The Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din said Islam does not allow killing of innocent people, especially inside the mosque.
“A mosque is house of Allah and anyone who enters house of Allah is safe. The mosques cannot be turned into killing fields,” the Mufti said.
The Mufti said shedding the blood of innocent people is un-Islamic.
“The Holy Quran is very clear that if someone sheds blood of one innocent, he has killed the humanity.”
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also strongly condemned the killing of Suhail Sofi.
While expressing her deep condolences to the family, party president Mehbooba Mufti said violence in any form brings destruction and causes tragedies. She urged for thorough probe into the matter to bring the culprits to justice. She also urged the government to provide immediate ex-gratia to the family of the victim.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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