Jamaat-e-Islami Hind all set to launch political party
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:25
  
New Delhi: Influential Muslim outfit Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is all set to test waters in politics by launching a party, an official announcement on which is expected on Monday.

"We are forming a political outfit namely Welfare Party. Though Jamaat is launching the party, the outfit will be an independent body," the Jamaat's convenor S Q R Ilyas said.

A formal announcement in this regard is expected on Monday when the Jamaat is holding a conference.

"During the Monday conference, we will discuss on politics and the announcement could be made on that day," Ilyas told agency.

He said people need a new political option as corruption in this field is rampant and so "we decided to form a party, which will be devoid of corrupt leaders."

He asserted the party will not only represent Muslims but also other minorities and weaker sections of the society. "We will also raise issues of national interest and inclusive development."

On reports that some senior members of Jamaat are apprehensive of the launch of a political party, Ilyas maintained no one has any problem with it and the decision was unanimous.

An offshoot of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was formed in April 1948.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:25


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