Yet another indication of why we don’t see more Muslim reformers. “Cleric who termed stone-pelting protests un-Islamic killed in Srinagar blast,” from Indian Express, April 8:
Militants on Friday killed a prominent religious leader Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah,a liberal voice who had denounced stone-pelting and was engaged with Centre’s interlocutors, by triggering an IED blast near a mosque here, drawing condemnation from separatists and political leaders.
The chief of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, 55-year-old Shah, who survived two bids on his life earlier, was seriously injured as militants detonated at around 12.30 PM the bomb planted in a cycle outside the mosque ahead of Friday prayers in Maisuma area adjacent to Lal Chowk, striking in the heart of Srinagar city.
The last militant killing in the area had taken place in August 2009 when a CRPF jawan died in an attack.
A vocal opponent of violence, Shah, who had termed last year’s stonepelting protests as un-Islamic, was declared brought dead in a hospital, police said.