With the Centre’s continuing crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) resulting in the detention of a number of activists, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by its chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, held protests in Anantnag on Wednesday, asking for lifting of the ban against the outfit. Mufti had earlier condemned the move by the Centre.
Demanding release of elderly members, she also warned of escalating her agitation. We want that the ban must be lifted. We will go to the district level now, then we will go to every segment. Elderly people who have been arrested must be released, she was quoted by ANI as saying.
Last week, the Centre banned the organisation for five years under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). It also said that the JeI was involved in anti-national and subversive activities intending to cause disaffection .
Mufti further said her party would continue to protest till the ban was lifted. We will protest in every nook and corner of the Kashmir valley until the Centre lifts the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and release its members, she was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
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Warning the Centre against its muscular approach, Mufti further asked why the Centre was uncomfortable with the banned group. ”Why is GoI so uncomfortable with Jamaat-e-Islami? Radicalised Hindu groups representing fringe elements are given carte blanche to spread misinformation and vitiate the atmosphere Is being anti-BJP anti-national now? she said last week.
Earlier, while announcing the ban, MHA had said, ” JeI has been indulging in activities which are prejudicial to internal security and public order, and have the potential of disrupting the unity and integrity of the country”.
JeI is in close touch with militant outfits and is supporting extremism and militancy in J&K and elsewhere. JeI is supporting claims for secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose by indulging in activities and articulations intended to disrupt the territorial integrity of India, it added as per Indian Express.