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Jamaat will consider joining Hurriyat (G), says new Jamaat chief

‘None of our worker has any link with any militant organisation’


Welcoming unity among pro-freedom camp for the larger benefit of resolution of Kashmir issue, Jamaat-e-Islami Thursday said that the organisation will consider option of joining Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Addressing press conference today at Jamaat headquarters in Batamaloo, newly elected Jamaat Chief Ghulam Mohammad Bhat said that Kashmir “dispute” is a “humanitarian issue” that should be resolved according to the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir keeping in view the UN resolutions or through tri-partite dialogue.
Stating that it has no link or association with any militant or underground organisation including Hizbul Mujahideen, Bhat said the socio-religious organisation was purely working under its constitutional obligation of preaching Islamic and moral values to people.
“No worker of our organisation has any association with any militant or underground organisation,” he said.
On a question of Jamaat’s participation in elections in yesteryears, Bhat said: “Yes, Jamaat did participate in elections till 1987. But India never allowed democracy to flourish in J&K and rigged elections every time”.
Regarding Jamaat’s support to People’s Democratic Party in Assembly and Parliamentary elections, the Jamaat chief said no registered member of his organisation had voted in any election. “If Jamaat cadres had voted in elections and supported PDP in South Kashmir, then was it possible that CPIM leader Yousuf Tarigami had won Kulgam assembly seat,” he said, adding that his organisation has received few complaints about some cadres had voted, “but all these complaints proved to be false on investigation”.
Bhat added that Jamaat-e-Islami has always been supporter of the unity among the separatist camp and added that the organisation welcomes unity moves among the pro-freedom camp.
On a question of Jamaat joining Hurriyat (G), Bhat said the matter would be discussed in the organisation’s Majlis-e-Shora (executive council).
About Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Jamaat membership, Bhat said the mater too will be discussed in the Majlis-e-Shora. (KNS)

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