Banning Jama’at against ethos, ideals of democracy: PC

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Srinagar, Mar 1: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Friday opposed banning on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), terming it against ethos, ideals and essence of a vibrant democracy, and advocated for an early revocation of this “unfair” ban.
While condemning central government’s decision to ban JeI, Sajad said that true test of democracy lies in allowing space to oppose political thoughts and ideologies rather than putting a cage around people with a certain political orientation. He also appreciated JeI’s contribution to social and political spheres and advocated revocation of the ban.
“Why has Jamaat been banned. Jamaat is a social, political and religious organisation. In a vibrant democracy, ideas have to be fought not banned. This organisation has given us illustrious leaders and legislators. How can they be banned? I strongly pitch for revocation of the ban” (sic), the PC Chairman tweeted to express his disapproval of banning Jama’at.