‘Jama’at being targeted again for reasons unknown to it’: Jama’at-I-Islam

Srinagar

Jama’at-I-Islam on Monday in a statement condemned the arrest of its leaders and activists and said it seems that those who currently rule are resorting to unethical machinations aimed at addressing their own electoral constituencies and garnering votes out of this approach even at the cost of basic human values which remain the essence of any democratic setup.

However, 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 organizational Constitution (Dastoor-i-Jama’at), which mandates the use of all peaceful means in a democratic way, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that all our activities are open, visible and transparent. Jama’at is a cadre-based organization with its presence in every 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 society.

Jama’at wonders why it is being targeted while on one side the government is claiming to be a secular democracy domestically, and is marketing the same perception about its polity at international forums. Jama’at wonders how such a portrayal can be accepted by the International community in this era of the information revolution.

Meanwhile, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir believe that any attempt of tinkering with Article 35(A) which provides special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir is unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It appeals to civil society groups and saner voices to play a pro-active role in preventing Jammu and Kashmir from becoming another testing ground for cheap electoral politics.

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