JKLF Ban under UAPA extended for 5 years

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also announced the designation of four branches of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) — specifically, JKPL (Mukhtar Ahmed Waza), JKPL (Bashir Ahmad Tota), JKPL (Ghulam Mohammad Khan), and JKPL (Aziz Sheikh) under the leadership of Yaqoob Sheikh — as ‘Unlawful Associations’.

| Updated: 16 March, 2024 2:45 pm IST
Yasin Malik’s Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, the Modi Government extended the ban of Yasin Malik’s Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) as an ‘Unlawful Association’ for another five years.

“The proscribed group persists in carrying out actions that incite terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir. Any individual found jeopardizing the security, sovereignty, and unity of the nation will be subject to severe legal repercussions,” stated Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a post on social media platform X. He further emphasized that the organization posed a threat to India’s unity by actively endorsing, assisting, and facilitating the separatist agenda in Jammu and Kashmir through acts of terrorism.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also announced the designation of four branches of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) — specifically, JKPL (Mukhtar Ahmed Waza), JKPL (Bashir Ahmad Tota), JKPL (Ghulam Mohammad Khan), and JKPL (Aziz Sheikh) under the leadership of Yaqoob Sheikh — as ‘Unlawful Associations’. These groups were implicated in instigating terrorism and supporting separatist movements in Jammu and Kashmir, stated Union Home Minister.

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In 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) outlawed JKLF under the anti-terrorism legislation, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 (UAPA). This decision followed closely after the Center prohibited Jamat-e-Islami (JeI-J&K) under Section 3(1) of the UAPA. Similarly, JKLF was subjected to the same provisions, granting the Center the authority to designate any organization as unlawful through official notification in the Official Gazette.

Yasin Malik is a terrorist trained on the soil of Pakistan, who later became the chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. He has been convicted and sentenced to life in a NIA terror funding case by a Delhi court in 2022. On January 25, 1990, a group of terrorists, led by Yasin Malik, fired at Air Force personnel, including a Squadron Leader, Ravi Khanna, who died in the attack, while 22 other personnel were injured.

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Likewise, numerous cases await justice. On December 8, 1989, Yasin Malik and his cohorts abducted Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. On January 9, 1990, two members of the Hindu community were allegedly murdered by Yasin Malik in Chanapora, Srinagar. Similarly, on January 27, 1990, two Hindu community members were killed by Yasin Malik in Kralpora, Budgam.

Official sources told The New Indian “ It is estimated that Yasin Malik and his organization, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), now banned under UAPA, are implicated in around 80 acts of terrorism. Furthermore, Yasin Malik orchestrated violent protests in 2016, resulting in over 100 civilian casualties and extensive damage to public property.”

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