Majlis-i-Shora Will Decide Over Participation In Polls: Jamaat

Majlis-i-Shora Will Decide Over Participation In Polls: Jamaat

29 April 2013
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Srinagar: A day after senior Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beig stated that Jamaat-e-Islami should revisit its poll boycott decision, chief of party today said that the decision to participate in the elections or not will be taken by the Majlis-i-Shora at the right time. Talking to Kashmir Times, chief of the Jamaat, Mohammad Abdullah Wani said, “We have not decided anything about participating or staying away from the elections yet. I cannot take any decision individually. We have Majlis-i-Shora which will take final decision with regard to participating or staying away from the poll process. He said that Jamaat is an organization based on principles and a proper code. “Every member of Jamaat no matter which position he holds has to follow that set code. Every decision little or big is taken by the executive council. So all the members of the executive council will hold a meeting wherein the decision about boycott or taking part in elections will be taken,” Wani said. He said that Jamaat has never considered politics and religion as two separate entities. “For Jamaat politics and religion are two sides of same coin. Ours is a politico-religious rganization and we strongly believe that religion is incomplete without politics. We were actively taking part in elections till late 80s but later the situation demanded to stay away from the process,” Jamaat chief said. On weather, Jamaat thinks that atmosphere to participate in elections is conducive now, Jammat chief said, “Elections are still more than one year away. Let us see how the things go till then.” Pertinently senior PDP leader, Muzaffar Hussain Beig, while addressing the public rally at Srigufwara on Sunday, had appealed Jammat to review its poll boycott decision. “Jammat is a powerful organization and the people affiliated with it are good. They should remember what PDP did after coming into power. We not only released the people who were rotting in jails but even treated Geelani sahib on our own expenses when he on death bed. So Jammat should revisit its poll boycott decision,” Beig had said.