Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Mehbooba Mufti condemns Centre’s ban on Jamaat-e-Islami outfit

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the recent crackdown of Modi government on separatist group Jamaat-e-Islami, which is banned for anti-national activities for five years.

Mehbooba Mufti condemns Centre's ban on Jamaat-e-Islami outfit

The Centre said JeI was in close touch with militant outfits and has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the ban notification on Thursday following high-level meeting on security chaired by PM Modi.

Mufti termed the move as another example of high handedness and muscular approach of GOI to deal with J&K political issue.

She questioned in a tweet, “Why is GOI adamant on adding fuel to the fire and letting the situation slip out of control? Why push Kashmiris to the wall? PDP is willing to work with like minded parties and people of the state to fight this battle both and nail in the courts.”

Chief and advocate of JeI Abdul Hamid Fayaz and Zahid Ali (spokesperson) respectively were arrested in the crackdown.

The outfit has denied to have any political front of the banned terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen.

Few days ago more than 150 Jamaat leaders were also arrested in nocturnal raids across the Valley.

According to J&K police the detentions are preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army shelled heavily in the areas near to Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on the night of Thursday and Friday amid an important day for India when Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Vartaman is set to be released by Pakistan.

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