Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday said that they are ready to provide legal assistance to both Jamaat-e-Islami and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
Both JeI and JKLF were recently banned by the Government of India.
Senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beg while addressing the party workers in Baramulla said, “We are ready to provide legal assistance to both the JKLF and JeI, provided they trust us,” he said.
Meanwhile, An ex-member of the Jamaat-e-Islami Mehraj Azeem has approached the J&K high court challenging the GoI’s ban on the party.
Syed Musaib, the counsel for the petitioner said, the high court has issued notices to union government asking them to reply within three weeks.
“The petitioner is challenging an illegal and arbitrary order, wherein a socio-religious and political organisation has been declared to be ‘unlawful association’ with immediate effect without specifying the grounds as is mandated under Section 3(2) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” read the petition.
Recently, Mehbooba held a protest against the Jamaat Ban in Anantnag and said that ‘interference in religion will not be tolerated’.
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’.