JI IIOJK has nothing to do with militancy: say three former Amirs

Srinagar, August 11 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, three former chiefs of Jamaat-e-Islami, a socio-religious organization which is facing a major crackdown by Indian government, have said that the JI has nothing to do with militancy and it always followed the path of peace and democracy.

A statement signed by three former JI Amirs, Ghulam Mohammad Butt, Sheikh Ghulam Hassan and Mohammad Abdullah Wani said, Jamaat has always followed the path of peace and democracy for achievement of its larger objectives and never indulged in any activities which could be termed as prejudicial to the peace or public order or security of the territory.

The leaders said that Jamaat never believed in “agitational politics” and had never employed any such methods which might cause “any least disturbance in the law and order situation or any kind of strife on earth.”

“It is hereby made clear that Jamaat had nothing to do with the militancy and whenever it was allowed to function, it demonstrated its regard to the democratic and lawful means and methodology,” they said.

The three leaders maintained that Ghulam Mohammad Butt, who was elected as Jamaat’s emir for a second term in 1997, had addressed a press conference in 1998 and made it clear that the JI is a peaceful and democratic organisation. It was also made quite clear that Jamaat had never supported any unlawful activity or any activity which might cause strife or disorder in the territory or elsewhere, they said.

“Anyone who deviated from the adopted policies and programs was not allowed to continue in this peaceful and disciplined cadre-based organisation,” the leaders said.

The statement has come at a time when the former leaders and members of Jamaat-e-Islami face a major crackdown launched by India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) which raided sixty locations across IIOJK this week as part of a probe against the organisation.