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Yasin led JKLF banned for promoting terror, secessionism

Yasin led JKLF banned for promoting terror, secessionism
Yasin Malik (File)
New Delhi, Mar 22 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/22/2019 12:57:14 PM IST

The Indian government on Friday outlawed the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Muhammad Yasin Malik, alleging it was responsible for promoting terrorism and secessionism in the state.

Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said that in pursuit of its strong action against terrorism, the government had declared the JKLF (Yasin faction), which supposedly advocates independence for Jammu and Kashmir, an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Malik is presently detained in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu. The JKLF has spearheaded the “separatist ideology in the (Kashmir) Valley and has been at the forefront of separatist activities and violence since 1988”, Gauba told the media here. “Yasin Malik was the mastermind behind the purging of Kashmiri Pundits from the Kashmir Valley and is responsible for their genocide,” a Home Ministry notification said.

The JKLF was also blamed for the murder of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel and the abduction of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who later became the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The organisation, along side, is also responsible for illegal funnelling of funds for fomenting terrorism. JKFL is actively involved in raising of funds and its distribution to Hurriyat cadres and stone-pelters to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley as well as for subversive activities,” the notification said.

The official said that JKLF cadres posed “a serious threat to the security of the country and are prejudicial to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. “The organisation has been actively and continuously encouraging feeling of enmity and hatred against the lawfully established government” and promoting armed rebellion.

Noting that the Jammu and Kashmir Police had filed 37 FIRs against the JKLF and the NIA had also registered a case, “it is evident that the JKLF continued to be actively engaged in supporting and inciting secessionism and terrorism including terror financing”. The JKLF is the second group to be banned in recent times in the Kashmir Valley after the Jamaat-e-Islami (J&k), which the government said was responsible for the formation of Hizbul Mujahideen, “the biggest terror organisation active in Jammu and Kashmir”.

The Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K) was accused of providing all kinds of support to Hizbul Mujahideen in terms of recruits, funding, shelter and logistics. The notification, however, made it clear that the Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K) is separate from the larger and pan-India Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

 Mehbooba Mufti objects ban on JKLF

The ban on the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will turn the state into an “open air prison”, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday.

Reacting to the central government’s ban, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Yasin Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving the J&K issue a long time ago. 

“He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by then PM (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kashmir into an open air prison.”

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