New Delhi, 2 March: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has lauded the de-escalation between India and Pakistan after the extremely heightened tension prevailing between the two neighboring countries.The President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari along with JIH Vice President Nusrat Ali and the JIH Secretary General Muhammad Salim Engineer addressed the media in its monthly press conference.The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind while briefing the media said that: “we appreciatethe de-escalationof the situation. We hope practical steps are taken to achieve this and an atmosphere of peace and amity prevails between the two countries. The tension seems to have reduced perceptibly and both the countries are exploring the process of negotiation and dialogue. We condemn the Pulwama attack that took place on 14th February.However we feel that the manner in which the ruling party tried to exploit the Pulwama attack for electoral benefits is highly appalling and most political parties have objected to it strongly. The security lapses and weaknesses that were exposed during the Pulwama attack should be probed by a high level enquiry and those found guilty of malfeasance should be punished”.
The JIH General Secretary continued saying: ‘the role of a large section of our media especially the electronic media was highly irresponsiblewhen the situation between the two countries had become very fragile, It looked as if TV studios had turned into war rooms. The media had created a climate of war mongering and mass hysteria, trying its best to push the country into a war with its neighbor. The debates, discussions and news emanating from the TV rooms had become tools for incitement and propaganda. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind expects our media to play a very mature and responsible role in matters pertaining to the safety and security of our nation’’.
Answering a query the JIH President Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said that: ‘’Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) feels that the ban on an organization in Jammu and Kashmir by the name of Jamaat e Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeIJK) and the arrest of its leadership and members is completely wrong and an unwise step. The Jamaat e Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeIJK) is active in the fields of education, social reformation, welfare and charity. We feel that the government must withdraw its ban on JeIJK considering its aforesaid role in the state. This step will send a clear and positive message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir’’.
Briefing the media the JIH Secretary General (JIH) said: “we express relief over the acquittal of 11 Muslim men by a Nashik (Maharashtra) Special TADA court, nearly 25 years after they were first charged and arrested. This verdict along with several such similar judgements acquitting Muslim youth of terror charges is a vindication of the long held opinion by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind that Muslim youth are being arrested wrongfully on fabricated charges. JIH demands that the government should withdraw all false charges against Muslim youth and immediately release all who have been arrested without any solid evidence and incarcerated merely on the basis of suspicion.”