Will follow separatists call on poll boycott: JAH


SRINAGAR:  Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees (JeH) Thursday passed the buck on pro-freedom camp- stating the organization will follow the line of separatist leadership in letter and spirit on forthcoming elections.

Talking to KNS, JAH chief Gulam Mohammad Bhat said that the calls issued by Kashmir’s pro-freedom leaders will be followed and that Jamiat has already made its position clear by maintaining that ‘Kashmir is a disputed territory’ that needs to be resolved at the earliest. “Elections cannot resolve the issue; hence it is a futile exercise. People know better what they should do.”

The JAH chief stated that his organization has already intimated to its cadres over the issue of poll boycott. “We will follow the call of separatists’ vis-à-vis polls- as they have asked people to stay away from polls, we will follow the same.”

Bhat maintained that JAH is a dawah organization and has an important role for the eradication of social evils from the society.

When asked about Jamiat’s plans about the door to door poll boycott campaign as done by Maulana Showkat Shah- the slain JAH chief in 2008, Bhat stated that the issue is yet to be finalized and the same shall be discussed at the Shura meet- expected to be held in near future. 

“If the Shura decides that we must launch a poll boycott campaign- we will oblige the orders and if it decides to stay away from the exercise, JAH will adhere to that decision.”

About Jamiat’s equations with Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulma headed by Mirwaiz Farooq, Bhat said that as long as the guidelines of Quran and Sunnah are followed in letter and spirit- it has no differences with any organization. “If someone overlooks the guidelines of Islam- even if that party would be closer to us- there won’t be any unity.”

Over the delay in the approval for the establishment of Trans world Muslim University, the JAH chief remarked that the delay tactics from government’s side are being played for the establishment of varsity.  

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