Will Contest Assembly elections if Ban on JeI is lifted: Panel Head JeI

Srinagar, May 15 (KNS): In a Notable Development, the currently proscribed organization Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir (JeI) on Wednesday expressed its willingness to participate in the electoral process, provided the central government revokes its ban.

Ghulam Qadir Wani, the head of JeI's panel from Gussu, Pulwama, communicated this new stance to the press in Srinagar.

Wani who himself voted in the Srinagar Lok Sabha elections on May 13 revealed that JeI members had exercised their right to vote in the recent Lok Sabha elections, demonstrating their commitment to democratic values.

Looking ahead, Wani announced JeI's intention to compete in the forthcoming Assembly elections scheduled for September, on the condition that the ban on their organization is lifted.

He said that JeI's campaign would focus on socio-religious reforms, combating drug abuse, and addressing moral concerns within society.

Wani also mentioned a pivotal meeting of JeI's Majlis-e Shoora, where the decision to enter the political arena was made.

He clarified that JeI's past election boycotts were in response to widespread non-participation and external pressures.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had declared JeI an "anti-national" entity and banned it in 2019 following the abrogation of Article 370. JeI now seeks to overturn this ban and re-engage with the democratic process as a legitimate participant.(KNS) 

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