Farooq Abdullah slams BJP for a ban on JeI (JK), calls for Centre to engage in dialogue with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Friday questioned the release of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Masood Azhar in Afghanistan by the then BJP government in 1999 in exchange of the hijacked Indian airline’s flight IC-814 despite his opposition.

He strongly opposed the ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and said the time has come when banning should end, and meeting with these outfits should start. Asked about the ban on JeI, Abdullah said, “Banning is not the way out because the minute you ban anything they go underground and they become more vicious.”

A notification banning the group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after a high-level meeting on security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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