Srinagar, March 02, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the imposition of ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of the territory by the Indian government. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said Jamaat-e-Islami has been running many schools and educational institutions across the valley as a socio-religious organisation for decades.
It said post Pulwama incident there has been a deliberate attempt to direct revenge against Kashmiris including attacks on students studying in different cities of India, raids on homes of resistance leadership and people across the valley to banning organizations, the JRL said. It said that all this was being undertaken by the rulers in New Delhi in a sweeping and muscular manner by continuing with their Kashmir doctrine of force, to be seen as being tough on Kashmir and fulfilling their agenda over it in order to woo and consolidate their voters for electoral gains.
Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement in Srinagar termed the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami as highly condemnable and shocking. He said, “This organisation is the most vibrant and known for its socio-religious and humanitarian work across the territory and has been working for the poor and needy since decades.” Banning this organisation is an unethical and coercive measure, he added.
Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, in a statement in Srinagar described the move as an attack on the religio-humanitarian sentiments of the people of Kashmir. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, in his statement said that the ban on the Jamaat was unethical, undemocratic and unwarranted. He also flayed the arrest of political and religious leaders and demanded their immediate release.
The High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory said declaring Jamaat as an unlawful association was legally and constitutionally invalid because it is aimed to deprive the Kashmiri Muslim students of the education they receive in the schools run by Falah-e-Aam Trust. “The banning of this organisation is also aimed at curbing the peaceful religious activities by the said organisation which is clearly interference in the religious affairs of Muslims of Kashmir,” it added.
Hurriyat leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, in a statement in Srinagar said that the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami was a direct attack on the religious sentiments of the people of Kashmir. Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) said that everyone in the territory was disturbed by the sudden arbitrary, unjust and unwarranted action against Jamaat-e-Islami that had contributed tremendously in the education and preservation of culture in a peaceful manner.
Former member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Rasheed in a statement in Srinagar deplored the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami. He said this organisation has made huge contributions in education and social sectors and has also played its part in genuine social reforms. The Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan, said that Jamaat-e-Islami was a religious organization which had been working mainly for the cause of humanity and ban on it was an attack on humanity.
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