Jamaat Islami Kashmir’s Great Cover Up After NIA Raids

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JeI Collects Donations In The Name Of Hizbul, Claims Success In Terror Activities, Wears Mask Of Innocence After State Action 

In Pakistan, Jamaat e Islami and other religious parties claim and declare to fight to the last drop of blood against secularism. In India, they declare to fight to the last drop of blood to defend secularism

Hares Qadir, Chief Editor of POK Newspaper Writes On The Duplicity of Jamaat e Islami

Jamaat-e-Islami was the organization which played a key role in organizing terror activities not only in the Afghan jihad but later in Jammu and Kashmir on religious grounds. Even today, under the name of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Jamaat-e-Islami not only collects donations in Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir but also claims success in terror activities. There are also a number of young men in Pakistan-Administered Jammu and Kashmir who were sent from the Hizbul Mujahideen platform to India. In addition, Jamaat-e-Islami is still active in cashing in on Burhan Wani as the party commander.

Religious parties have used terrorism as a business in the name of imperialism. They have targeted innocent youth for being killed by imperialist forces. They have got the youth massacred on a large scale. They have resorted to any form to continue their business. And they are always ready to go to the limit.

In Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, the Jamaat-e-Islami has called for the ban on the organization to be lifted. JeI claims to be a democratic and peaceful religious political party. It claims that the party has never had any affiliation with any underground or militant organization. But Jamaat-e-Islami has its own militant organization.

Posturing After NIA Raids

The three former Amirs of the Jamaat-e-Islami have issued a joint press release following the raids on the organization’s headquarters by the Indian Investigation Agency (NIA).  Ghulam Muhammad Bhatt (who has been the Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami four times in total from 1985 to 1988, 1997 to 2000, 2000 to 2003 and 2015 to 2018); Sheikh Muhammad Hassan (twice from 2006 to 2009 and 2009 to 2012) and Muhammad Abdullah Wani (who was Amir Jamaat from 2012 to 2015) issued this joint press release.

The press release said that Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir was banned in 1990 after the militancy in (Indian-administered) Jammu and Kashmir started in 1989.  Jamaat-e-Islami regrouped its cadre in 1997 and started its activities by setting up its headquarters at Baran Pathar at Batamalo in Srinagar.

In a press conference in 1998, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Ghulam Muhammad Bhatt clarified the organization’s policy and program. He stated that JeI is a peaceful, democratic and politically religious organization that has a transparent relationship with any underground or terror organization without any overt or covert affiliation. The party has no terror front of its own, he said.  All allegations made by the government and security agencies were vehemently denied. It was also clarified that Jamaat-e-Islami has never supported any illegal or any other activity that has caused any disturbance anywhere.

The press release said that by answering all the questions of the journalists at that time, the leadership of the party had made it clear that the party is a peaceful, democratic and transparent organization that provides Islamic teachings to the people as a social service and humanity. The press release said that JeI is providing financial and educational support to the general public without any discrimination of colour, race, region and greed, and all these activities are being carried out with the resources obtained through legal means. It was also said that all educational activities are being carried out under modern trends and modern scientific research and development.

Claim of Innocence

The press release said that the party never believed in the politics of protest, nor did it choose a method that would create a law and order situation or spread chaos on the ground.  The party has always used the method of propaganda and the oral or written method to further its mission. Despite all this, the party was banned and declared an illegal organization. Numerous allegations have been made which have no basis and these allegations have been made ignoring the real situation. The press release also said that Jamaat-e-Islami was formed before the partition of Jammu and Kashmir.  Jamaat-e-Islami is not a product of any political issue and has not yet created any such issue. Even if a public political issue arose, the Jamaat-e-Islami was affected because a large number of people were with the party.  Jamaat-e-Islami split from both factions of the Hurriyat Conference in 2008 and has not had any contact with anyone since. The press release said that through the press conference, it was brought to the notice of the people that the party has always taken the path of peace and democracy. It said that it did not cause any activity for any kind of instability and disturbance in public order or threat to the security of the state.

The press release also said that Jamaat-e-Islami has always respected human rights and never violated human rights.  The party has never resorted to any form of violence or violence, but has always been peaceful and supported peaceful democratic practices.

At the end of the press release, it was said that the message conveyed with utmost respect through the press conference is that the party should be known in its original state and it is expected that the ban will be lifted from the party and humanitarian and religious political organization.  The organization said that it should be allowed to work independently for the service of humanity so that the party can continue its social services and serve the wider strata of society in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

Jamaat e Islami: Against Secularism In Pakistan, For Secularism in India

In Pakistan, these religious parties claim and declare to fight to the last drop of blood against secularism. In India, they declare to fight to the last drop of blood to defend secularism. In other words, the ruling classes always use prejudices and sectarianism for their own purposes. Religious and fascist organizations act as the most important weapon in this work of the ruling classes.

(Hares Qadir is Chief Editor, Daily Mujadila, Rawalakot, Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir)

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