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Centre extends ban on J&K Jamaat-e-Islami for 5 years

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NEW DELHI: The

Centre

on Tuesday declared Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir as an ‘

unlawful association

’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for a further period of five years, citing its close links with militant outfits and its continuous support to extremism and separatism in the Union territory.
“Pursuing Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and separatism, the government has extended the

ban

on Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu Kashmir for five years.

The organisation is found continuing its activities against the security, integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” home minister Amit Shah shared in a post on X.
Recalling that the outfit was first declared an ‘unlawful association’ on February 28, 2019, Shah warned that “anyone threatening the security of the nation will face ruthless measures”.
MHA, in its gazette notification extending the ban, referred to a long list of cases against JeI and their leadership/cadres, including the NIA case relating to collection of funds by the outfit for use in encouraging violent and secessionist activities. As per NIA chargesheet, the funds were used by the operatives of terrorist outfits including Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker e Taiba to organise protests and spread public unrest and communal disharmony.

Stating that the Centre was of the opinion that JeI is supporting terrorist and separatist groups aiming at secession of a part of the Indian territory and is also involved in anti-national and subversive activities, the MHA notification said that if “unlawful activities of JeI are not curbed and controlled immediately”, it may attempt to carve out an Islamic State out of the Union of India by destabilising the lawfully-elected govt, continue advocating secession of J&K while disputing its accession to the Union of India; propagate anti-national sentiments; and support militancy and incite violence in the country.

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