India bans Muslim organization, accusing it of "terrorism"

    WORLD  29 September 2022 - 05:00

    India declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) Islamic group and its affiliates unlawful on September 28, accusing them of involvement in "terrorism" and banning them for five years after authorities detained more than 100 PFI members this month.

    The PFI did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment but its now-banned student wing, the Campus Front of India (CFI), called the government action a political vendetta and propaganda, Reuters writes.

    "We are against the concept of a Hindu nation, we are against fascism, not India," Imran P.J., national secretary of the CFI, told Reuters.

    "We will overcome this challenge. We will revive our ideology after five years. We will also consider going to court against the ban."

    On September 26, the PFI denied accusations of violence and anti-national activities when its offices were raided and dozens of its members were detained in various states.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs, in announcing the ban, said in a statement the PFI and its affiliates had "been found to be involved in serious offences, including terrorism and its financing, targeted gruesome killings, disregarding the constitutional set-up".

    Imran denied any involvement in terrorism.

    Muslims account for 13% of India's 1.4 billion people and many have complained of marginalisation under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

    Modi's party denies accusations of discrimination against Muslims and points to data that all Indians irrespective of religion are benefiting from the government's focus on economic development and social welfare.

    The PFI has supported causes like protests against a 2019 citizenship law that many Muslims deem discriminatory, as well as protests in the southern state of Karnataka this year demanding the right for Muslim women students to wear the hijab in class.

    The ban is likely to stir an outcry among opponents of the government, which retains broad public support and a comfortable majority in parliament eight years after Modi first became prime minister.

    Caliber.Az




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