SRINAGAR: Kashmiri political parties on Friday came down heavily on the Centre over its banning the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir for a span of five years on the plea that the rightwing party’s activities are “prejudicial to internal security and public order”.
The Home Ministry officials have said that the move has been prompted also because of the fact that the Jamaat-e-Islami is the main organisation responsible for the propagation of separatist and radical ideology in the State particularly Kashmir Valley.
The decision came days after more than 250 of its activists including the entire leadership were arrested from different parts of the Valley. The MHA declared the Jamaat as an “unlawful association” having the potential to disrupt the unity and integrity of the country.
It said that if the party’s activities are not curbed immediately, it is likely to “escalate its subversive activities including an attempt to carve out an Islamic State out of the territory of Union of India”....