Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) to provide legal aid to those excluded from NRC

“We oppose extending NRC to other parts of the country” says JIH Vice President –S. Ameenul Hassan

Asia Times Desk

New Delhi, 03 September: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s Naib-Ameer (Vice President) – S.Ameenul Hassan announced that Jamaat would provide free legal aid to those who were excluded from the final list of the NRC-Assam. He also opposed extending NRC to other states.

Addressing the monthly press conference of Jamaat at its headquarters, S. Ameenul Hassan said: “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) expresses grave apprehension on the fact that nearly 2 million people have been excluded from the final NRC list.We feel that many could not make it into the listbecause of minor inaccuracies in their documents. Jamaat will offer free legal aid those excluded from the NRC irrespective of their religion, caste and creed.We oppose extending the NRC process to other parts of the country. Government should focus on core issues of welfare and development.”

Answering questionsover NRC, the JIH Secretary for Community Affairs – Malik Mohtasim Khan said: “The NRC final list is a fitting answer to those who were saying that Assam has 4 million infiltrators. The NRC is a relief to the people of Assam. We demand that the government must provide reasons for exclusion in writing to those who could not find their names in this final list. We also expect that the government will not render these nearly 2 million citizens as “stateless” as it will be very damaging for India’s image in the international community. Those excluded must appeal and re-apply by submitting the required documents. They have 120 days to appeal before the foreigner’s tribunal and can further go to the Guwahati High Court and even the Supreme Court if they are not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunal. We also appeal to all justice loving people of India to help the people of Assam.”

When asked about the situation in Kashmir, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s Naib-Ameer (Vice President) – Mohammed Jafar said that: “we are also concerned as all the people of our country are over the situation in Kashmir. It is the duty of the government to ensure that the basic human rights of the people are granted. It must restore normalcy in the state as soon as possible by withdrawing the heavy military presence, uplifting the communications blockade and restoring democracy by allowing popular government to come to power.”

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