Incidentally, the NIA had written to the Home Ministry in 2017 seeking a ban on PFI. “PFI has been continuously indulging in acts detrimental to the overall national security,” the NIA dossier on PFI had said while blaming the hardline organization for seeking to impose religious orthodoxy on Muslims and sister organizations like Satya Sarani based in Malappuram. Used to mean “forced conversion”. ,
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The NIA had claimed that the PFI follows a strategy aimed at communalising, enforcing Indian politics. Taliban brand of Islam, widening existing social divides and maintaining a trained bank of volunteers for physical activity.
It was told in the dossier that many founding leaders of PFI were associated with? SIMI before being banned. These included former PFI President EM Abdurahiman, who was the All India General Secretary of SIMI in 1980–81 and 1982–93, PFI National Vice President P Koya who was with SIMI in 1978–79 and SDPI President E Abubakar who was Kerala State. Are included. President of SIMI in 1982–84, among others.
The NIA said the PFI – which has a presence in several states and union territories and is strongest in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka – has a well-oiled machinery to meet its violent ends. “This organization has a squad of trainers and experts in making crude bombs and IEDs, an intelligence wing … and action squads to carry out illegal and violent activities. It has secret training centers … where martial arts and education training is imparted,” the dossier said.
The PFI, on its part, has said that it believes in identity politics but does not work on communal lines.
PFI leader P Koya had earlier told TOI, “PFI only trains its cadres in fitness and self-defence.”
On the SIMI roots of PFI leaders, Koya reminded that the association was there before the SIMI ban. On Satya Sarini, he said that it was imparting Islamic education only to willing people who were free to decide to convert to Islam.