Jama’at Distances Itself From Bosnia Conference On Kashmir

Srinagar- Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday refuted allegations that the banned organisation or its associate members were involved in the conduct or promotion of the Conference held in Bosnia on Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference here, the former JeI President, Dr Fayaz, said that the allegations being circulated on social media networks, particularly reported by an entity named Dis information that Jama’at and its associated organizations were involved in the conduct or promotion of any conference in Bosnia are totally baseless as the organization is not functional due to ban and it has no associate organizations anywhere in the world nor any representatives.

“Any organization or individual claiming to be an associate organization or representative of the Jama’at is quite against the facts and is hereby challenged. The Jama’at was restricted to the territory of Jammu and Kashmir only and its activities too were restricted thereto and after it was banned in February, 2019, it stopped all its activities and functions. Some names shown in the report have attended the conference and have no nexus or association with the Jama’at,” Fayaz said.

The former JeI President also said that he wants to make it amply clear that any member migrating to any place outside the territorial jurisdiction of Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a member of the Jama’at as per the party constitution.

“So any person residing permanently outside Jammu and Kashmir cannot claim to be a member of the Jama’at and the organization cannot be held responsible for any activities done by such persons as any person settled abroad cannot have the membership of the Jama’at,” Fayaz said.

“Nobody has taken any verbal or written consent from any erstwhile leader or functionary of the Jama’at to speak in any conference and at present due to the ban, it is quite out of question to get such consent,” he added.

He said that all queries raised about the participation of Jama’at in the conference Russell Tribunal on Kashmir held at Sarajevo Bosnia openly or tacitly are not justified at all.

“Jama’at before the ban was a socio- religious organisation working for the betterment of the humanity at large in accordance with the divine guidance of Islam for seeking the pleasure of Allah,” he said.

He, however, refused to take any questions.

Pertinently, on March 2, 2019, the Centre announced ban on Jama’at for a period of five years citing reasons that the outfit was in "close touch" with militant outfits.

The Jama’at was banned under “anti-terror laws” as the Centre had claimed the step was taken to prevent any "escalation of secessionist movement" in J&K.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had issued the banning order a few days after the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested around 100 people, including the Jama’at chief, and claimed that the outfit was involved in activities intended at disrupting India's integrity.

Jama’at was a socio-political and religious organisation that was founded in 1945 as a chapter of the Jama’at-e-Islami Hind during the Independence movement—(KNO)

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