BJP opposes proposal to grant land to Jamiat Ahle Hadees
Jammu, Jun 18 The BJP, a member of Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling alliance with the PDP, today said it was against the proposal for allotment of government land to Jamiat Ahle Hadees (JAH).
Recently, the JAH’s state secretary general approached Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with a representation requesting allotment of land for Eidgah on permanent basis.
According to media reports, Mufti wrote a letter to the divisional commissioner’s office for allotment of 50 kanal (6.25 acres approx) of land to the religious organisation.
The BJP is opposed to any such move, the party’s state spokesperson Brig (Retd) Anil Gupta told reporters here.
He alleged that the JAH was spreading Wahhabi or fundamentalist Islam, adding that the recent killings in Kashmir were a manifestation of this ideology.
The JAH is a Sunni sectarian organisation that is funded by petro-dollars from Saudi Arabia, Gupta claimed.
The BJP spokesperson added that the JAH allegedly had links with the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and is suspected of sheltering terrorists from the neighbouring country.
He claimed that the organisation had gained 25 lakh members, over 20 per cent of Jammu and Kashmir’s Muslims, within a decade-and-a-half.
Gupta said a proposal by the organisation for construction of a Rs 200-crore Islamic university, Trans World Muslim University (TWMU), affiliated to Saudi institutions in Hyderpora had been opposed by the then state chief of the ruling Congress Saifuddin Din Soz in October 2010.
This, Gupta said, had been done due to concerns expressed by the security agencies.
The proposal was later referred to a select committee and about 100 kanal (12.5 acres approx) of land had been allotted for the varsity, he added.
If there is no land for Sainik Colony in Srinagar, then where has land come for allotment to JAH, Gupta asked.
The JAH had sought land at Khadi Mill in Allochi Bagh, behind court complex Mooninabad and at diary farm near Bemina crossing in Srinagar city in its representation to Mufti.
Last week, Union Minister Jitendra Singh had said that the Centre would take due cognizance of the land allotment proposal, if there is any pitfall.
The divisional commissioner of Kashmir has written a letter to the deputy commissioner of Srinagar asking for a report about allotment of land to JAH.