Crackdown on Jama’at-e-Islami in Kashmir; party chief among dozens detained

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Crackdown on Jama’at-e-Islami in Kashmir; party chief among dozens detained

Ameer-e-Jama’at including dozens arrested during nocturnal raids

Srinagar, February 23, 2019—

Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir condemns the arrest of its leaders by police and other forces agencies during nocturnal raids in many parts of the valley and terms the move a well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region.

Jama’at in its statement issued to KNO said that during the intervening night of 22-23 February 2019 police and other forces agencies launched mass arrest drive and raided many houses in a valley wherein dozens of its central and district level leaders have been arrested. Those detained including Ameer Jama’at Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (Spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (Former Secretary General), Abdur Rouf (Ameer Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora), Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran) and dozens more.

Jama’at strongly condemns the move and terms it a well-designed ploy and said something seems fishy at this moment when states special position is listed in Supreme Court. Article 35(A) which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is being heard within days and the way forces personnel unleashed the spree of mass arrest and detained dozens of Jama’at members prior to the hearing seems something is hatching behind the curtains. Any attempt of eroding or tempering Article 35(A) is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement further said state authority at this juncture has sought immediate additional deployment of forces to the valley and during the course of time, police and other forces agencies bundled many Jama’at members that provides a spacious proof that state administration at the behest of anti-Kashmir forces has malicious intent towards Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.

“Article 35(A) which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is being heard within days and the way forces personnel unleashed the spree of mass arrest and detained dozens of Jama’at members prior to the hearing seems something is hatching behind the curtains,” said the spokesman, adding: “Any attempt of eroding or tempering Article 35(A) is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

A son of Tral resident Muhammad Amin Wani who was also detained during the night raid told Greater Kashmir that his father suffers from multiple ailments.

“Around 12:30am, they (forces) entered our lawn by climbing the walls and knocked at the windows of the house. In this chilling cold night, they requested my father to accompany them to the camp. We pleaded that he will come to the army camp in the morning himself. The person in command argued ‘meri bhi naukri hai’. However, he suggested him to wear warm clothes and I added to take along medicine of diabetes, hypertension, heart and thyroid. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find medicine for heart,” said Mudasir Wani, a son of Muhammad Amin of Tral.

Source: Kashmir Exclusive; Greater Kashmir