Protests At KU Over Jamaat Ban


SRINAGAR — Students of Kashmir University Wednesday held a protest demonstration on the varsity campus against the Centre’s ban on Jamaat-e-Islami.

Scores of students’ from various departments took out a rally on the campus and demanded that Centre revoke the ban immediately.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently banned Jamat-e-Islami for the five years amid a widespread crackdown in which 250 of activists and leaders of the group were rounded up.

The Centre has declared the over seventy years old party as an “unlawful association” having the potential to disrupt the unity and integrity of the country.

 Trade Bodies Denounce NIA Summon To Mirwaiz, Jamaat Ban

Two prominent trade bodies Wednesday warned the Centre that attempts to “muzzle Kashmiri voices” will have dire consequences.

They were referring to the Centre’s decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and NIA issuing summons to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatist leaders.

Addressing a joint press conference here, Kashmir economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said the Centre’s “attempts to muzzle the voices of Kashmiris by raiding and arresting various leaders are highly condemnable and will only further worsen the situation in Kashmir.”

Chairman KEA, Mohammad Yousuf Chapri said Mirwaiz was “not only a political leader but also a prominent religious leader.”

He accused the Central government of “turning a blind eye to the consequences of such acts.”

“ It is clear that such acts have neither achieved anything in the past nor will achieve anything in the future, rather it will only disturb the peace in Kashmir,” he said.

The trade bodies also condemned the ban on Jamaat-e Islami and detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik under PSA and arrest of “other political leaders.”

“By banning Jamaat and detaining its leadership, the government has hurt the religious sentiments of the people in Kashmir. It is a huge organization that has done exemplary work for the upliftment of society by establishing enormous educational and religious institutions especially for the orphans,” another trade leader said.

He said it is quite evident that these things are being done in view of the upcoming elections and Delhi must know that resorting to such tactics won’t help anyone.“The only way out to bring peace to Kashmir is to resolve the issue through dialogue. India must hold talks with Pakistan along with all stakeholders of Kashmir including Hurriyat if they want peace in the state.”


Observer News Service

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