NEW DELHI – Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Tuesday demanded the withdrawal of ban imposed on Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir, which is an independent organization, terming it ‘wrong’ and ‘unwise’.
“Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) feels that the ban on an organization in Jammu and Kashmir by the name of Jamaat e Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeIJK) and the arrest of its leadership and members is completely wrong and an unwise step. The Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeIJK) is active in the fields of education, social reformation, welfare and charity. We feel that the government must withdraw its ban on JeIJK considering its aforesaid role in the state. This step will send a clear and positive message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said JIH chief Maulana Sayed Jalaluddin Umari at its monthly press conference held at its headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.
On Thursday, Narendra Modi government has imposed a ban on Kashmir Jamaat following a crackdown on its senior leaders and cadres. The government declared the organization as ‘unlawful association’ under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act having claimed that the non-violent group is involved in ‘anti national activities’. The ban was opposed by Kashimiri leaders including former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and IAS Topper Shah Faesal.
At its monthly conference, JIH also hailed the de-escalation between India and Pakistan which has taken place after two nuclear armed-countries were involved in skirmishes following Pulwama suicide attack.
Hailing the de-escalation, JIH general secretary Mohmmed Salim said “we appreciate the de-escalation of the situation. We hope practical steps are taken to achieve this and an atmosphere of peace and amity prevails between the two countries. The tension seems to have reduced perceptibly and both the countries are exploring the process of negotiation and dialogue”.
JIH also criticized the media for its role in heightening the tension between two neighboring countries. Blaming the electronic media for creating ‘war hysteria’, Salim said “the role of a large section of our media especially the electronic media was highly irresponsible when the situation between the two countries had become very fragile, It looked as if TV studios had turned into war rooms. The media had created a climate of war mongering and mass hysteria, trying its best to push the country into a war with its neighbor. The debates, discussions and news emanating from the TV rooms had become tools for incitement and propaganda”.
Apart from these issues, JIH also expressed its relief over the acquittal of 11 Muslim men by a Maharashtra TADA court 25 years after they were arrested. And the group also demanded to revoke all suspicious terror cases filed against Muslim youth.