My Govt didn’t allow BJP to crackdown on Jamaat, Hurriyat leaders, says Mehbooba

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Srinagar: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that during her coalition with the BJP, her ally wanted to crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami and Resistance leaders however, she didn’t allow that to happen.

The former Chief Minister also said that the National Investigation Agency wanted to carry out raids on Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, but her government didn’t allow that to happen.

“BJP wanted to crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami and ‘suppress’ the separatist leadership through NIA raids. However, our government did not allow the rightwing party to crack down on separatists,” she said while addressing her party workers in Bandipora.

Mehbooba alleged that it was during the rule of National Conference-Congress that NIA was able to spread its ‘web’ in Kashmir.

The PDP Chief also pointed out that when she ‘forced’ BJP to have a ceasefire in the month of Ramzan, militants didn’t respond.

Recently, Mehbooba held a protest against the Jamaat Ban in Anantnag and said that ‘interference in religion will not be tolerated’.

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Mufti has vehemently opposed the ban. She recently asked that why is Government of India is so ‘uncomfortable’with the Jamaat-e-Islami.

“While Hindu groups are given ‘carte blanche to spread misinformation & vitiate the atmosphere. But an organization that has worked tirelessly for Kashmiris is banned,” she said in a tweet.

She also pointed out that ‘ideas cannot be banned or jailed, need a better idea to replace it.’

Jamaat, in their statement, termed the imposition of ban on the party as ‘unconstitutional, undemocratic and unethical’.

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