After crackdown, Jama’at says it is subjected to ‘reign of terror, tyranny for unknown reasons’

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File photo from a press conference of Jama’at-e-Islami in Srinagar.

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Srinagar: After a crackdown on the activists of Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JIJK), the organisation has said that “this is not for the first time that Jama’at is being subjected to such a reign of terror and tyranny.”

Scores of Jama’at workers have been detained including Ameer-i-Jama’at (President), Dr. Abdul Hameed Fayaz and many district level Presidents.

In a press statement the organisation has said that Jama’at-e-Islami Hind became target of ‘State sponsored oppression’ since 1953.

“These ordeals were faced by Jama’at despite the fact that it has been an organization working for propagation of Islam in its entirety through peaceful and constitutional means. The means include dissemination through education, preaching at religious places, Social Work among masses irrespective of religious beliefs, rehabilitation of orphans, victims of natural and manmade calamities,” the statement said, adding that the organisation is again being targeted ‘for reasons unknown to it’.

However, Jama’at is determined to sustain its activities irrespective of ordeals, through constitutional and legal means. We will continue to carry forward our routine educational, welfare, charity and religious activities within framework of our organizational Constitution (Dastoor-i-Jama’at), which mandates use of all peaceful means in a democratic way.

“All our activities are open, visible and transparent. Jama’at is a cadre based organization with its presence in every nook and corner of the State,” the statement said.

The statement added that “State functionaries need to realize the fact that whatever incidents occur in Jammu and Kashmir, they are result of indecisions and inability of those in power to take initiative for resolving the long pending dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. Use of muscular policy in Kashmir will result into further destabilization of situation in South Asia.”

Jama’at said that sincere efforts should be made to resolve the long pending dispute of Jammu and Kashmir through peaceful means, “by implementing the resolutions of United Nations on Kashmir passed from time to time or by finding a just solution to Kashmir dispute by starting dialogue with the parties to this dispute, including the genuine representatives of people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

On the issue of Article 35-A, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir said that it believes that any attempt of tinkering with the Article, which provides special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, is “unacceptable” to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The segment comes after the attack in Pulwama on February 14, where a CRPF convoy was attacked, leading to 49 armed forces personnel being killed. The attack was claimed by militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, on Sunday called the 49 CRPF armed personnel killed as ‘political victims’ and claimed that the “truth” will come out if National Security Advisor of India Ajit Doval was questioned, as per a report by PTI.

“If NSA Ajit Doval is investigated, then all the truth about the Pulwama terror attack will come out,” Thackeray said in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, as per the report.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that he stood by his words of immediately acting if India provides Pakistan with “actionable intelligence” regarding the February 14 attack.

Fresh escalations of tensions occurred between India and Pakistan following the February 14 attack which was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit.

Modi blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack and said that the country has become ‘‘synonym for terrorism’.

Following the attack, Pakistan called back their High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood for ‘consultations’. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he had written a letter to the United Nations secretary general, asking him to play his role for the “de-escalation” of current tensions.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in response to Modi’s comments, said that they would retaliate if India would start a war.

The attack led to Kashmiris being harassed and abused across the country, prompting Modi to say that ‘our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris’.

Omar Abdullah in a series of tweets, while thanking Modi, said that the forces who are harassing Kashmiris would stop now.

Following the attack Kashmiris living in different parts of India were attacked and harassed. At many places, properties of Kashmiris were vandalised.


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