High-level sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs have told India Today that the groundwork to ban the radical Islamic charity Popular Front of India (PFI) has now been completed and the decision to formally ban this hardline organisation will be announced very soon.
The move to ban the PFI was expedited after India Today’s path-breaking expose Operation Conversion Factory which showed leading lights of the PFI admit that they received hawala funding from Gulf countries and ran an elaborate conversion operation.
Speaking to India Today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “We have taken cognisance of your expose and initiated action. No one will be allowed to break the law in this country. After due process of law, action will be taken against those who have been found doing wrong things.”
MHA sources told India Today that intelligence agencies have been been monitoring activities of the PFI for over a year and a half now and a lot of evidence against the PFI has already been collected.
NIA TO QUIZ ZAINABA AGAIN
India Today’s sting operation showed Zainaba A.S., head of PFI’s woman wing accepting the fact that PFI’s sister organisation Sathya Sarani has carried out massive conversions. As the report was released, Zainab denied the allegations and called them “baseless”.
Sources in the government said that the sting report will be an additional material for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to question Zainaba further. During her previous questioning by the NIA, Zainaba was very guarded in her answers and only admitted to being the president of PFI’s woman wing and helping the poor.
‘SERIOUS NATIONAL ISSUE’
Earlier, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded a detailed probe into the case and action against culprits and raised concerns about working of such NGOs.
Applauding India Today’s sting on PFI’s racket of religious conversions, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that anyone who wants to convert by choice can do that, but forced conversions are a ‘serious national issue’.
“Why I am specifically complementing India Today is because they did a sting on Hurriyat and its foreign funds. No one from Hurriyat has denied. Second extraordinary initiative is to expose the terror elements in Kerala,” he said.
Following India Today’s expose on forceful conversions by PFI in Kerala, the CM’s office has asked for a copy of the report and said that appropriate action will be taken after the report is received.
Courtesy: India Today