Intellectuals and social organizations of Agra have welcomed the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir by the government as the organization was supporting “anti-national” and “pro-Pakistan” elements.
Chairing a meeting of the Hindustani Biradari on this subject, Sr Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma vehemently opposed the statement made by former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and said that Jamaat-e-Islami ban was in the country’s interest and Mehbooba Mufti’s statement “reeked of sedition and pro-Pakistani sentiments”.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had termed the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami an act of “vengeance” by the Centre, saying it would have “dangerous consequences”.
Rafeeq Khan, a member of the Hindustani Biradari said that that Jamaat-e-Islami was responsible for “radicalising the local population in Kashmir” and to call them engaged in social and religious activities was “totally false”. He said that Islam dictates believers “to love the country they were born in, and to be faithful to their motherland”, but Jamaat-e-Islami was “promoting pro-Pakistanism”.
He said that the students studying in the schools operated by Jamaat-e-Islami should be transferred to government schools as the government also provides Islamic education, but it was combined with the teachings of national pride.
Social activist Amir Qureshi said that Mehbooba Mufti had been made the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir by the BJP and it is shameful that someone who has held a constitutional post is “supporting anti-nationals”.
He said that if Mehbooba’s father Mufti Mohammed Saeed had been alive, he “would not have supported Pakistan”. “Mufti Mohammed Saeed would have shown Pakistan its place. Mehbooba should walk in her father’s footsteps,” said Amir Qureshi.
The Centre on February 28 banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for five years under anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state.
A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The notification said the Centre is of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.