Centre bans Yasin Malik-led JKLF under UAPA

Yasin Malik who has been in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail since last month (Photo Courtesy: Indian Express)

The Centre has banned the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) today on March 22, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on officials said. The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

They said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the UAPA.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the JKLF has been banned as government has a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism. “JKLF was at the forefront of separatist activities in J&K, and was responsible for murders of Kashmiri Pandits in 1989 triggering their exodus,” he added.

Its chief Yasin Malik was booked under the Public Safety Act and has been under arrest since February 22 and currently lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.


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