Indian government’s letters to Qatar banning Jamaat-e-Islami destroyed in 1975: Journalist’s shocking confession

Last update: July 29, 2022, 6:13 PM IST

A Abdul Rehman, editor of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ideology and Madiha Group. File photo/Facebook

O Abdul Rahman, an official at the Qatari embassy during the state of emergency in India, said the letters, which were meant to be distributed to Qatari media, contained an explanation of why the organization had been banned.

In a shocking admission, Jamaat-e-Islami ideologue and editor of the Madhyamim group, O Abdul Rehman, has allegedly revealed that he destroyed letters sent by the Indian government when he was in Qatar during the Emergency in India. He was an official of the embassy.

The letters, which were to be distributed to Qatari media, contained an explanation as to why Jamaat-e-Islami had been banned in India.

Abdul Rahman said he was working as an interpreter at the embassy at the time. He added that his conscience did not allow him to send the letter to the Qatari media.

Jamaat-e-Islami was banned in 1975 a few days after the declaration of emergency. The senior journalist said that the next two years were really difficult. He further said that Islamic organizations and leaders strongly opposed this decision.

Abdul Rahman also reportedly revealed that letters explaining the ban on the RSS were immediately circulated to the media.

Jamaat-e-Islami was established on August 26, 1941 in Lahore under the leadership of Syed Abul Ala Maududi. After the partition, the remaining members of the organization in India reorganized themselves to form an independent party. The Indian Jamaat-e-Islami came into existence in April 1948 in Allahabad and was officially called “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind”.

The organization was banned twice by the Indian government during its seven decades of existence: first temporarily during the Emergency of 1975-1977 and again in 1992. While the first was revoked after the end of the Emergency, the second was struck down by the Supreme Court. .

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