IF condemns ban on Islamic TV channels in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Terming the ban on Islamic TV channels like Peace TV and others as an attack on a particular religion, Islamic Fraternity president Muhammad Aamir on Friday condemned the order and sought its immediate removal.
In a statement issued here, Aamir said the move has no logic and is “deliberately” being done to keep Muslims in Jammu & Kashmir away from Islamic teachings and knowledge delivered by many of the banned channels.
“The order has no basis. If Government of India is concerned about the continuous agitation, they should ban rather Indian electronic news channels speaking venom against Kashmiris. They are one among other reasons inciting violence here,” he said.
Aamir said that administration should come up with reason (s) behind banning such channels “otherwise it would prove detrimental for the government and the social fabric in Jammu & Kashmir”.
“Such moves accumulate the anger here. The channels like Peace TV and others were broadcasting Islamic teachings and not any political propaganda. Banning them has hurt sentiments of nearly all Muslim population in Jammu & Kashmir and outside,” he said.
He further said that the orders like above have a potential to trigger another agitation like 2010 and 2016, and cautioned administration for “turning the political issues into a religious war in Kashmir”.
Appealing Governor to review the order, IF president said it will be in the best interest of people as well as establishment to restore the broadcasting as soon as possible.
“If the intention was to stop any threat of communal or religious tensions, administration must either limit Indian electronic news channels here or completely ban them so that their hatred has no effect on sensitive places like Kashmir,” he said.