Joint Resistance calls for protests after Friday prayers against GoI’s ‘authoritarian’ ban on Jama’at-e-Islami


Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik  have strongly condemned ‘the authoritarian and arbitrary decision’ of Government of India banning Jamat e Islami of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, JRL said ‘dictatorial and repressive measures against Kashmiris has become the order of the day in New Delhi ‘s doctrine of force against Kashmiri’s, punishing people for demanding the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the democratic principle of ascertaining their will’.

“People will protest this authoritarian move by protesting peacefully after Friday prayers,” the statement said.

This arrives after the GoI banned the JeI in an order, stating that it has been “indulging in activities which are prejudicial to internal security and public order and (have) potential of disrupting the unity and integrity of the country”.

The order said that the Government of India is of opinion that the JeI is in “close touch with militant outfits and is supporting extremism and militancy in J&K and elsewhere”.

The organisation, the order reads, “is supporting claims for secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union and supporting militant and separatist groups fighting for this purpose by indulging in activities and articulations intended to disrupt the territorial integrity of India”.

“JeI is involved in anti-national and subversive activities in the country intended to cause disaffection,” the order reads.

It said the GoI is further of the opinion that “if the unlawful activities of JeI are not curbed and controlled immediately, it is likely to escalate its subversive activities including attempt to carve out an Islamic State out of the territory of Union of India by destabilising the government established by law; continue advocating the secession of J&K from the Union of India while disputing the accession of the state with the union”.

The order says that JeI will “propagate anti-national and separatist sentiments prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country; escalate secessionist movements, support militancy and incite violence in the country”.

The order says that the central government is also of the opinion that having regard to the activities of the JeI, “it is necessary to declare the JeI to be an unlawful association with immediate effect”.

Following the news, curfew and restrictions have been imposed in parts of the Valley, while restraint has been placed by authorities on mobile internet speed.

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