Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir Thursday distanced itself from militancy saying that it has its own modus operandi which is “democratic and peaceful”.
Addressing a press conference in party headquarters at Batamaloo, after many years, the newly elected Amir-I-Jama’at, Gh Muhammad Bhat, said, “JeI has a peaceful and democratic way of working and we shall carry on with the same in future.”
Bhat, flanked by his colleagues, asserted that JeI had no links with the militant outfit, Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen.
“Syed Sallahuddin, erstwhile Muhammad Yusuf Shah, would always announce it publicly that Hizb doesn’t represent any particular organization but they are representatives of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Bhat responding to a volley of questions.
Bhat, supported by his spokesperson Adv Zahid Ali, maintained, “JeI Constitution doesn’t approve of underground militancy,” he stressed.
Explaining why JeI changed its election strategy, Bhat said, “When India rigged 1987 elections, we lost trust in the electoral system of her and we decided to stay away from it.”
He said, “Muhammad Yusuf Shah was fighting elections on Amira Kadal seat when he was arrested from counting hall in 1987 elections.”