Crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami in IOK continues, belongings sealed
Srinagar, March 03, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continued crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami as residences of dozens of party activists were raided and offices and other buildings of the organisation were sealed by the Indian authorities. District magistrates of the majority of the districts in the Valley ordered sealing all institutions and properties linked to the Jamaat.
Police said they only assist the magistrates in sealing the properties. In Srinagar, homes of Jamaat activists and offices of the organisation were sealed in Barzulla and Bemina. In Ganderbal district one office was sealed. In Baramulla three establishments were sealed and one in Kupwara. Three offices of the organisation were sealed in Shopian, Kulgam and Pampore areas of southern Kashmir since Friday evening. A team of police and revenue officials sealed the district office of Jamaat-e-Islami in Alyalpora, Shopian. Another district office of the outfit, according to the official, was sealed in Kulgam district.
Meanwhile, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) in its statement strongly condemned the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of the territory by the Indian government and termed the decision highly undemocratic and unconstitutional. It said the ban imposed on Jamaat will also affect poorer section of society and demanded immediate revocation.
The spokesman for Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) in a statement in Srinagar said banning of JI is an act of arrogance and a sheer example of communalism at the hands of Indian government which is hell bent to create a dangerous situation in the territory.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Front in a statement in Srinagar termed the ban highly condemnable and sealing the residential houses of many Jamaat activists shocking. It said that political activities have now been openly banned.
The Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) spokesman in a statement in Srinagar expressed serious concerns over the imminent closure of hundreds of schools being run by Jamaat-e-Islami following government banning Jamaat-e-Islami in occupied Kashmir. “Closure of schools run by Jamaat will jeopardize the educational career and future prospects of thousands of students enrolled in these institutions besides rendering thousands of teachers jobless.” Islami Tanzeem Azadi Jammu and Kashmir in a statement issued in Srinagar also condemned the Indian decision to ban Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir.
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