Centre bans separatist leader Shabbir Shah’s outfit for 5 years under UAPA


The Centre has declared Jammu and Kashmir De­ mocratic Freedom Party ( JKDFP), founded by sepa­ratist leader Shabbir Ah­ mad Shah as an “unlawful association” under the an­ ti­terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The ban is effective for five years.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the members of JKDFP have been at the forefront of se­ cessionist activities in Jam­ mu and Kashmir and want to create a “separate Islam­ ic State”.

The Ministry said that the outfit has been in­ volved in anti­national ac­ tiities since 1998 and its members have always pro­ moted separatism and ter­ rorist acts in India. Many criminal cases have been registered against the out­ fit under various sections of the UAPA, the Indian Pe­ nal Code, the Arms Act and the Ranbir Penal Code.

The MHA, in a notifica­ tion, said that JKDFP has been involved in raising funds through various sources for perpetrating unlawful activities and sup­ porting terrorist activities. It added that JKDFP, its leaders or members, and particularly its founder Shabbir Ahmad Shah, have been indulging in unlawful activities, which are pre­ judicial to the integrity, vereignty, security and communal harmony of the country. Mr. Shah is pre­ sently in jail.

The Ministry said it has several inputs showing links of the JKDFP with banned terrorist organisations.

“JKDFP and its mem­ bers have been involved in the violent terrorist activi­ ties with an intent to create a reign of terror in the country, thereby endan­ gering the security and pu­ blic order of the State, and its anti­national activities also show disrespect and disregard to the constitu­ tional authority and sove­ reignty of the state, hence an immediate and prompt action is required against the organisation,” the noti­ fication said.

The Ministry said if the Hurriyat faction is not de­ clared an unlawful associa­ tion it would continue ad­ vocating the secession of J&K from India.

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