January 2016 News

DeM In NIA 'terror' List; Asiya Fumes

31 January 2016
Rising Kashmir
Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar: India's premier intelligence agency, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has included Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) in its list of 'banned terrorist organizations'. The move has evoked strong reaction from DeM chief who asserted that it was an Islamic organization working for Kashmir cause and not a terror group. The official website of NIA, which has been recently redesigned and updated, has put the separatist group headed by Asiya Andrabi under 'Schedule I - First Schedule (of the UA(P)Act, 1967) Terrorist Organisations'. Talking to Rising Kashmir, Andrabi said she was not aware of DeM being listed by NIA. 'We never received any notification from NIA about it. The question is not why they have banned us, the question is why have they labeled us as a terrorist organization. Terming an Islamic organization as terrorist organization reveals their mindset toward Muslims,' she said. 'India is afraid of separatist leaders and that is why they do such things. They are also afraid of the growing voices from Kashmir,' Andrabi added. The DeM chief said they will call a meeting and check why their organization has been termed as a 'terrorist' organization by NIA. 'If we keep on listening to them silently then it would mean we are agreeing to what they have said. We are an Islamic organization working for Kashmir cause and we will never give up,' she added. Besides DeM, the list comprises 36 national and international 'terrorist' organizations. The list features organisations like Al-Qaeda, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen- Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment, Indian Mujahideen, all its formations and front organizations, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front, Jaish-e-Mohammad-Tahrik-e-Furqan, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen-Harkat-ul-Ansar-Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami etc. DeM was formed in 1987 and has claimed that the Kashmir issue is primarily a religious issue that needs to be solved. Besides pitching for resolution of Kashmir issue, DeM has also been vocal about implementation of Islamic law in the state. Sources in police department said security agencies have never reported any instances of 'terrorist acts' conducted by DeM in the state or elsewhere.