Jamiat Ulama comes out in support of Popular Front, slams Jharkhand BJP government for banning it

By M M Special Correspondent

New Delhi:  After Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, another prominent Muslim group Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has slammed the Jharkhand’s BJP government for prescribing social organization ‘Popular Front of India’ (PFI). Jamiat said the decision of banning the outfit smacks ‘partisan attitude of the government while Hindutva outfits have been inciting violence and hatred against minorities in the state. It also said Jharkhand witness dozens of mob-lynching incidents but the state government failed to bring the culprits to book.

In a statement issued to media on Tuesday,  Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and former MP criticized the ban imposed on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand.

He said that “allegation of being a terrorist was not a matter of joke while the country stands united in the fight against the menace of terrorism. Therefore it is an onerous responsibility of governments to take this issue with due care and sensitivity and adopt a tough stance on terrorism, he said.

He said the ban on PFI seems to be a vindictive action against members of a particular religion.

“But in this regard, they should refrain from steps which smack of partisan or vindictive action against members of any particular religion, caste and creed etc as it will lead to developing sense of victimhood among the marginalized section”.

Maulana Madani underlined numerous incidents of mob lynching carried by so-called cow-vigilantes in the state.

Besides this, a host of organizations related to Hindutva group have been found involved in whipping up the communal passion by disseminating hateful speeches against members of the minority community, Jamiat leader said.

But the Chief Minister Raghubar Das-led Jharkhand government has not taken any action against them while PFI, which is a social and welfare organization, is being dubbed as “terror” outfit without any hard evidence.

Maulana Madani urged the Jharkhand government to make public any concrete evidence against PFI that has forced it to take such action against the PFI.

Without doing this, he said the ban imposed by the Jharkhand government on PFI shall be seen as “undemocratic, unconstitutional and illegal”. Moreover, it will raise serious question mark behind the intention of the government, he added.

-Courtesy: MuslimMirror

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