Chennai: Muslim Rashtriya Manch National Convenor Maulana Suhaib Qasmi has warned about PFI. He said that although the central government has banned PFI, it is using modern names to carry on its activities. He said that India is a peaceful country and Muslims have stayed here for centuries. Students and youth need to stay aware of organisations like PFI.
“PFI is targeting educated Muslims in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It wants to misguide youth in schools and Madrasas. Government has destroyed its intentions and PFI is now using modern names to do their work,” Suhaib Qasmi said.
A group of Muslims and functionaries of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had started Muslim Rashtriya Manch on 24 December 2002. The outfit functions with the aim of bringing Muslims into the mainstream of India.
In September 2022, the Centre imposed a ban on PFI and other associated organisations for a period of five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). This ban came after raids conducted in PFI offices across the country. Police and other investigation agencies also arrested several leaders of the PFI.
The Centre also alleged that PFI has links with terror outfits including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). It also said that they were making plans to spread terror in the country.
Suhaib Qasmi’s warning carries weight
In multi-location raids on offices of PFI, the NIA has disclosed that it has prepared a hit-list of non-Muslims to be eliminated. Agencies had revealed that the earlier banned SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) had changed its name to PFI. SIMI had been involved in many acts of Islamic terrorism. Its general secretary, Safdar Nagori, is in jail for spreading Islamic terror.
When government banned SIMI, its members changed its name to PFI. Therefore, we as a nations, should not take the statements of Maulana Suhaib Qasmi lightly. Just like its predecessor, PFI members are also involved in nefarious activites.