PDP Protests Ban On Jamat-e-Islami

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SRINAGAR — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday took out a protest march here against the Central government’s recent decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami(JeI) Jammu and Kashmir.

Various party leaders and activists assembled at party headquarters and tried to march towards Lal Chowk City Centre here, but were stopped by a large contingent of policemen near Sher-e-Kashmir Park.

Raising slogans against “criminalizing” JeI in the state, PDP leaders questioned the “bizarre move of the central government, stating that such an action besides undermining the democratic principles and values is tantamount to inference into the religious affairs of Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The party leaders further added that JeI has been playing a vital role in providing education to thousands of children by running hundreds of quality educational institutes and extending all necessary help to thousands of economically downtrodden people across the state.

Talking to reporters, PDP leaders Mohammad Khurshid Alam and Abdul Qayoom Wani said the decision of banning the JeI and sealing its properties in Kashmir will have far reaching consequences and could push the already alienated youth of Kashmir towards the wall further. “These repressive measures are taken solely for electoral prospects. However, what the government of India fails to understand is that it is playing with fire and recent unfortunate incident of violence in Pulwama put the entire South Asia on the brink of a destructive war. We urge the government not to adopt ostrich like approach and revoke the ban immediately,” said the PDP leaders.

The protest witnessed the participation of scores of PDP workers and functionaries led by senior PDP party leaders Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Noor Mohammad, Dr Ali Mohammad, Nazir Ahmad Yatoo, Mohammad Yasin, Abdul Gani Naseem, Abdul Hameed Kosheen and Aijaz Ahmad Rather.

Ban unconstitutional, revengeful: Ulema body

Mutahida Majlise Ulema (MMU) Saturday termed Government of India’s decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami for five years as highly “undemocratic, unconstitutional and revengeful.”

 JeI is a constituent of Mutahida Majlise Ulema. MMU said JeI has been doing social and religious work for a long time as under its aegis, scores of educational institutions are being run and banning the schools and other institutions including orphanages will put the life source and career of the thousands of children and students at a stake. It is highly regrettable. MMU said that the ban imposed on JeI will also affect a large sections of poorer section of society and destitutes. MMU said that the ban imposed should immediately revoked.

The MMU said that such steps being taken by the GoI are grossly against the interest of the people of Kashmir and will in no way help restore peace in the troubled valley but would instead only further add to the anger of people against New Delhi.


Observer News Service

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