NEW DELHI—Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has strongly disagreed with the government’s decision to ban the Popular Front of India (PFI).
The JIH, which is one of the most prominent socio-religious organizations of Indian Muslims, demanded that the government revoke the ban immediately because “it is selective, discriminatory, and biased.”
“Banning an organization is neither a solution nor does it suit a democratic society,” JIH president Syed Sadatullah Husaini said in a statement released to the media.
He said that “the culture of banning the organizations is a clear violation of the fundamental rights protected by the Constitution and goes against the democratic spirit and basic civil liberties.”
Stating that people might have differences with these organizations, their policies, and their rhetoric, the JIH chief said, “We also have always opposed them on several counts, but that is not the reason to ban an organization and harass its cadres.”
“It is the duty of the police and administration to maintain law and order in the country. Therefore, if an individual breaks the law or commits any crime, the individual can be prosecuted and dealt with as per the provisions of law,” the JIH leader pointed out.
“The courts will decide about allegations against them, where those individuals will also have a chance to prove their innocence,” he further said. “However, to ban an entire organization on flimsy and unsubstantiated grounds is unjustified and undemocratic,” he opined.
“Recently, we have witnessed many fringe and radical groups openly indulging in hate-mongering and calling for violence. These groups are operating with impunity, and no action is being taken against them whatsoever,” the JIH leader pointed out.
Stating that “the ban appears selective, discriminatory, and biased, and it will increase the trust deficit between people and the government and send a wrong message to the country,” the JIH president demanded that the government revoke the ban immediately.