Addressing a press conference at its headquarters in New Delhi, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary Mahmood Madani unequivocally condemned Pakistan’s attempts to incite Indian Muslims. He was responding to a specific question about the possibility of divided opinion on the Indian government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Madani replied in the negative and maintained that his organization stood with the country. Describing Pakistan as an ‘enemy’, he alleged that it was trying to single out a certain minority group as a ‘third party’ in the Kashmir issue. The top Muslim body’s General Secretary reiterated that every Indian Muslim supports the nation.
Earlier, a meeting of the General Council of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in New Delhi passed a resolution on the J&K issue. It reaffirmed that J&K was an integral part of India. Giving paramount importance to the security and unity of the country, the top Muslim body stated that it not only opposed the separatist movement in Kashmir but also considered it harmful for the entire nation. At the same time, it emphasized that it was everyone's national duty to protect the democratic and human rights of the Kashmiri people. Accusing Pakistan of destroying J&K, the Jamiat alleged that the neighbouring country was using the Kashmiri people as a shield.
It maintained that a change in the situation was in Kashmir's best interests. The top Muslim body called upon the government to launch peaceful initiatives in J&K. While focusing on the human rights aspect, the Jamiat backed the Centre in its attempts for protecting the life and property of people living in J&K. It stressed on the usage of constitutional means to bring back normalcy in the region.
The Presidential order combined with effective legislation passed in both Houses of Parliament to abrogate Article 370 revoking the special status to J&K in early August. Furthermore, the state was bifurcated into J&K and Ladakh, both receiving the status of Union Territories. Subsequently, mainstream political leaders in the state including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained and network restrictions were imposed as well. However, the government has been gradually relaxing these restrictions in the last few days.