AIBA chairman Aggarwala says PFI involved in extensive terror network
New Delhi, Sept. 24 (Delhi Crown): The All-India Bar Association (AIBA) has sought an immediate ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) amid the crackdown on the Muslim organization and its alleged involvement in terror activities.
More than 100 PFI activists have been arrested over the past few days in the crackdown by law-enforcement agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in searches against it at as many as 93 locations across 15 states.
In a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, AIBA chairman and senior advocate Adish Aggarwala said – “The ED and NIA raids displayed the extensive terror network spun by the PFI. The arrests of more than 100 elements, besides seizure of incriminating materials, have foiled potential disruptive activities by them on our soil.”
“This is the right time to ban this organization, as nobody should be allowed to be involved in activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India. It is clear that the PFI, its leaders and members, were involved in violent protests in different parts of the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, forced conversions, radicalisation of Muslim youths, money laundering and links with banned groups,” said Aggarwala.
According to him, India is a secular country, and no one can be permitted to destroy the secular fabric of India. “The criminal and violent acts carried out by the PFI over a period of time – such as the chopping off the hand of a college professor in Kerala, cold-blooded killings of people linked with organisations espousing other faiths, collection of explosives to target prominent people and places, support to Islamic State and destruction of public property — have had a demonstrative effect of striking terror in the minds of the citizens,” he added in a statement released to the media.