Jamaat-e-Islami ban: Mehbooba sees dangerous consequences

March 2, 2019
SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that the ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami will have "dangerous ramifications".

She told reportes on Saturday, "You cannot imprison an ideology or an idea. There are thousands of Kashmiris in villages and cities associated with the Jamaat. It is a socio-religious organisation... What will happen to children studying in Jamaat-run schools... An environment has been created in the country in which beating and harassing Kashmiris is celebrated. It is unfortunate and there seems to be nobody to control this."

On Friday, properties belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, including residences of some of its activists, were sealed in the Valley. Bank accounts of JeI leaders have also been frozen.

The Centre had on Thursday banned Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir for five years under anti-terror law. The case was that it "in close touch" with militant outfits.

A notification, banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Around 150 leaders and activists of the outfit have been detained in raids at several places across Kashmir.

It is alleged that the Jamaat was responsible for the creation of the terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen and Hurriyat Conference.

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