Jamaat-e-Islami J&K distances itself from RToK conference on Kashmir in Bosnia

After recent allegations in the Dis InfoLab report against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) J&K regarding its involvement in a conference held in Bosnia, the organization clarified on Wednesday that it had nothing to do with the “Tribunal of Russell” on Kashmir (RToK).

The Jamaat, a politico-religious organization, has dissociated itself from RToK organizers such as “Kashmir Civitas” and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). While Kashmir Civitas (KC) claims itself as an international civil society and strategic advocacy organization, the MB is a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and teacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928.

Addressing a press conference here, Jamaat leader Abdul Hameed Fayaz said their organization or any of its associates were not involved in conducting or promoting any conference on Kashmir in Sarajevo, in Bosnia.

“The Jamaat is not functional due to the ban (by the Center since 2019) and it has no associated organization anywhere in the world or any representative,” he said. “Any organization or individual claiming to be an associated organization or representative of the Jamaat is entirely against the facts and is hereby challenged.”

The head of Jamaat has claimed that any of its members migrating to any place outside of Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a member of the organization as per its constitution.

In its August report, Disinfo Lab revealed links between US and UK-based “Kashmirian activists” and the Pakistani spy agency ISI. The report had also shed light on “the commercial enterprise run by the Jamaat and run in the name of Kashmir, which only benefits a handful of individuals and their families – all of them settled in the United States and Europe”.

“After recent exposure, these individuals and organizations have been discredited and are no longer capable of leading the conflict industry in Kashmir. And therefore, it appears that the baton of the conflict industry in Kashmir has been handed over to MB, a veteran of the conflict industry in Palestine,” the latest report states.

“This transition was first seen in the previous boycott campaign launched against India – which was waged head-on by the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated ‘media’ including Al Jazeera,” he adds.

The DisInfo Lab report further states that the absence of their (ISI) carefully groomed next generation of activists at the RToK, except for a handful of industry ‘elders’ from the Kashmir conflict, was also an indication that MB would run the show on his own.

“However, he needed the ‘Kashmiris’ at the event to establish his connection to Kashmir, even though by Kashmir it meant only ISI agents and convicts living in the US/UK and n “having no connection with Kashmir. The fact that the Tribunal did not even purport to engage other stakeholders on Kashmir indicates that MB stands for business – the fundraising business in the name of Kashmir,” he alleged.

Some of the Kashmiris whose names surfaced in the report include businessman Mubeen Ahmed Shah, who was previously based in Malaysia, activists Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur, Farhan Mujahid Chak and Dr Asif Dar.

However, the Jamaat leader in today’s presser has dissociated himself from all of these members. “No one has obtained verbal or written consent from any former Jamaat officer or official to speak at a conference and at present, due to the ban, it is quite out of the question to obtain such consent,” he said.

He said that all issues raised about the participation of Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir in the Russell Tribunal conference on Kashmir held in Sarajevo Bosnia, openly or tacitly, are not at all justified.

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