SRINAGAR: A prominent socio-religious Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday said the organization would not contest elections under Indian rule.
It also dismissed the reports that its cadres participated or voted in favour of the ruling PDP in 2014 Assembly elections.
Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, who was elected as Jama’at’s chief recently, said the organization would only participate in elections if it were held under the observation of United Nations.
“We found that 1-2 members voted in Kulgam and took disciplinary action against them. If our cadres would have voted in that constituency, then MY Tarigami wouldn’t have been elected for the fourth time from that constituency,” Bhat told reporters in his maiden press conference here.
According to Bhat, Jama’at has no link with militancy nor does it have any connection with any underground activity. “Our organization would strive for 100 years to resolve Kashmir issue in a democratic manner.”
In 1997, Bhat was the person who said that Hizb-ul-Mujahideen wasn’t Jama’at’s armed wing. His remarks had incensed many including Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani.
“Kashmir is a dispute and it should be addressed according to aspirations of people of both sides or by implementation of UN resolutions or through tripartite dialogue,” he said.
Replying to a query that if Jama’at would join with Hurriyat Conference (G), he said his organisation would strive for “complete unification” of the pro-freedom groups and “then would take its decision of joining pro-freedom amalgam.
According to him, the article 370 is “vital” for Jammu and Kashmir till the Kashmir issue is resolved under UN resolutions or tripartite dialogue held between India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir.
Bhat also said the organization welcomed the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homes but their settlement in exclusive security enclaves is aimed not only at harming the age old brotherhood bond between the two communities but also to harm the interests of Muslims.