Srinagar: Prominent politico-religious organisation Jama’at-e-Islami has accused a section of New Delhi based television channels of launching anti-Islam and anti-Kashmir tirade through a campaign against religious organisations and institutions of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement Jama’at said that news channels including Zee News, Aaj Tak and IBN 7 have started a “vicious propaganda campaign” against the religious organizations particularly Jama’at-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith and are trying to defame them in every possible manner.
“These news channels are defaming Islam and religious organizations of Kashmir at the behest of anti-Islam and anti-Kashmir forces,” the statement said.
“India’s policy makers and security agencies have always sought to hide the ground realities of Jammu and Kashmir from the world in general and Indian masses in particular in order to prevent progress of any favourable opinion vis-a-vis resolution of Kashmir dispute. For this, the policy makers of New Delhi have always sought to make scapegoats instead of addressing the root cause of the dispute which is fuelling the recurrent pro-freedom protests and demonstrations in Kashmir,” it added.
The statement said that Jama’at has started consultations with other member organizations of Majlis-e-Itehad-e-Millat, a united forum of Kashmir’s all major religious organizations headed by grand Mufti of J&K Mufti Bashir-ud-Din Ahmed. The forum will soon initiate legal action against these media outlets that have started a defamation campaign against religious organizations, mosques and religious institutions in the state.
The Jama’at, however, appreciated the conduct of local reporters who refuse to become part of the propaganda machine and report the ground situation professionally. “Jama’at appreciates those local journalists who have refused to take anti-Kashmir dictation from their bosses in New Delhi. Jama’at also appeals other local journalists to follow suit. It is the result of honesty and adherence to professional values by these local journalists that the Delhi bureaus of these outlets were forced to parachute non-local journalists to broadcast propaganda programme from Kashmir,” it said.
Jama’at said it appreciates the local media for discharging their professional duties resiliently in these difficult times, even as many of their colleagues too have been targeted and wounded by the forces.