Mass arrests widely condemned: Why are we targetted, asks Jama’at

Mass arrests widely condemned: Why are we targetted, asks Jama’at
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SRINAGAR: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir on Monday said the organisation is being targeted for reasons unknown to it.

“Jama’at wonders why it is being targeted,” a Jama’at spokesperson said in a statement.

He said, “On one hand, India claims to be a secular democracy domestically and is marketing the same perception about its polity at international forums. How such a portrayal of India can be accepted by the international community in this era of information revolution.”

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It seems that the Government of India is trying to penalise the Kashmiri society as a whole in order to appease communal forces in India and has made Kashmir’s younger generation and socio-political religious party Jama’at-e-Islami a specific target of its muscular power, the spokesperson said.

He said those currently ruling India “are resorting to unethical machinations aimed at addressing their own electoral constituencies and garnering votes out of this despotic approach even at the cost of basic human values which remain essence of any democratic set-up”.

He asserted that Jama’at is determined to sustain its activities irrespective of ordeals, through constitutional and legal means.

“We will continue to carry forward our routine educational, welfare, charity and religious activities within the framework of our organisational constitution (Dastoor-i-Jama’at), which mandates use of all peaceful means in a democratic way,” the spokesperson said.

“All our activities are open, visible and transparent. Jama’at is a cadre based organisation with its presence in nook and corner of the state. Thousands of needy persons and deprived sections of our society are directly benefitting from educational and charity works of Jama’at-e-Islami. Any interference in Jama’at’s peaceful activities will directly affect the wellbeing of these sections of the society,” he added.

Jama’at said the use of muscular policy in Kashmir will result into further destabilisation of situation in South Asia.

“Instead, sincere efforts should be made to resolve the long pending dispute of Jammu and Kashmir through peaceful means,” he said.

If the state government says that the ongoing arrests are aimed at securing peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of elections, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has time and again clarified that the election is a non-issue for us, the spokesperson said, adding that from 1989, Jama’at has remained aloof from any election process.

On Article 35-A, the spokesperson said Jama’at-e-Islami believes that any attempt of tinkering with it is unacceptable.

“Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir appeals Indian civil society groups and saner voices in Indian media to play proactive role in preventing Jammu and Kashmir from becoming another testing ground for cheap electoral politics,” the spokesperson said.