No blanket ban on Jamaat

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has quietly relaxed a 5-year ban it imposed last week on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in J&K after realising that it runs a vast number of schools, orphanages and mosques across the state whose shutdown may trigger violence.

In an advisory to the state govt, it wanted these institutions kept outside the scope of seizures and sealing, limiting the action only against its offices, assets and properties and its leadership, according to a government spokesman Rohit Kansal. He said the state govt has also sought a clarity from the ministry on the bank accounts run by Jamaat as there is no clarity on use of the funds for running these institutions as well as the militant activities.

Sources said the protests against the ban realise how deeply the Jamaat was linked with the masses because of its social work that included schools, orphanages and charities for widows and poor.

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