Condemning the ban on Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday termed it ‘unethical and undemocratic’ act by the government.
“Falsely blaming and banning a recognized party is in itself is a blot on New Delhi,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said, “The coercive and arbitrary measures have been tried earlier also, when in 1975, India was engulfed in the black clouds of emergency that time also the emergency was imported to the state. Jamaat-e-Islami was banned and thousands of its leaders and workers were arrested.”
“Jama’at workers and its office bearers have been arrested, their property seized, their vehicles snatched away and even their residences are being sealed, making their families homeless in their own homeland,” Geelani added.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “New Delhi is following the footsteps of its mentor Israel. Delhi is the biggest purchaser of Israeli arms and ammunition, being used in Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, Geelani also condoled the demise of the mother of Ghulam Qadir Bhat of Gushi, Kupwara, who is languishing in jail for last 15 years.
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF SEHRAI
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai today strongly condemned the authorities’ action to seal government recognised schools run by Falah-E-Aam Trust (FAT) and house of several Jama’at-e-Islami activists.
In a statement Sehrai said that “the books and syllabi prescribed by the board of school education are taught in all FAT schools.”
“Authorities are undermining the democratic principles and values which they are claiming across the world. This decision runs against the democratic spirit and values which needs immediate rethink and revocation.”
“Banning JeI, sealing its educational institutions and its assets, the houses of its members and throwing their families out of their homes are inhuman and unethical acts which will further deteriorate the situation,” Sehrai said.
MUTAHIDA MAJLISE ULEMA(MMU)
Mutahida Majlise Ulema(MMU) termed government’s decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami for five years as highly “undemocratic, and unconstitutional and revengeful.”
“ JeI is a constituent ofMutahida Majlise Ulema . JeI has been doing social and religious work for a long time as under its aegis, scores of educational institutions are being run and banning the schools and other institutions including orphanages will put the life source and career of the thousands of children and students at a stake. It is highly regrettable. Ban imposed on JeI will also affect a large sections of poorer section of society and destitutes . The ban imposed should revoked immediately,” a MMU spokesman said.
DEMOCRATIC FREEDOM PARTY
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) expressed serious concern over the ban on Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) and sealing of the residential houses of many of its (JeI) members and activists.
“Banning of JeI is an act of arrogance and a sheer example of communalism at the hands of Indian government which is hell bent to create a dangerous situation in the disputed region,” a DFP spokesman said.
Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) has expressed serious concerns over the imminent closure of hundreds of schools being run by Jamat-e-Islami following government banning Jamaat-e-Islami in J&K.
“Closure of schools run by Jamaat will jeopardize the educational career and future prospects of thousands of students enrolled in these institutions besides rendering thousands of teachers jobless, a KUTA spokesman said in a statement.
He impressed upon the state and central governments to reconsider and revoke the ban imposed upon this international socio-religious organization that has nothing to do with insurgency in the state. “Ban imposed by the government and the sealing of even residential houses of Jamaat workers is unjustified and harsh step,” the spokesman added.
KUTA also condemned the “undue harassment of a senior scientist of SKAUST-K Naseem Geelani just because he is the son of a separatist leader and has called for an immediate end to frequent raids and confiscation of his personal belongings.”
The spokesman said that KUTA fully endorses the statement issued by SKAUST-K Teachers Association in this regard.
Terming the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami as highly condemnable and sealing the residential houses of many Jamaat activists as shocking, Jammu and Kashmir National Front deputy chairman Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement said that political activities have now been openly banned. “ Jamaat-e-Islami is known for its socio religious and humanitarian work across the region and banning it is an utter example of imperialistic mindset of India. After banning the Jamaat-e-Islami, police have started sealing of the residential houses of its members which has created panic across the region. It’s a highly condemnable.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has condemned the government decision to seal private schools run by Fallah-e- Aam Trust (FAT) as the situation will impact around one lakh students and push Kashmir into an educational crisis.
In a statement chairman PSAJK G N Var said that “FAT is purely concerned with education and it has nothing to do with the politics. These are government recognised private schools teaching syllabus prescribed by the Board of School Education. These are like any other private school following all the rules of government. It is not just one or two schools, but they are around 325 schools giving education to one lakh students. Any attempt to close them will have huge ramification on education sector.”