JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA

JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA Image/The Hindustan Times
JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA Image/The Hindustan Times
JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA Image/The Hindustan Times
JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA Image/The Hindustan Times

JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA

JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA

JKDFP Banned by MHA Under UAPA

In a significant move, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has imposed a ban on the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), led by separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, citing its alleged involvement in anti-India and pro-Pakistan activities. The ban has been enacted under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Shabir Ahmad Shah, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in July 2017 in connection with a 2005 money laundering case, is also facing charges in a terror-funding case under investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Presently, he is in custody in a Delhi jail.

According to a notification issued by the ministry, Shabir Shah established JKDFP in 1998, advocating for Kashmir as a ‘dispute’ and rejecting any resolution within the framework of India’s constitution. The notification stated that members of JKDFP have actively engaged in secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, aiming to establish a separate Islamic State. They have also allegedly raised funds from various sources, including Pakistan and its proxy organizations, to support unlawful activities, including terrorism and sustained stone-pelting incidents against security forces in the region.

The MHA notification further emphasized that JKDFP and its members have shown disregard for the constitutional authority and structure of India. It accused Shabir Shah of engaging in activities detrimental to the country’s integrity, sovereignty, security, and communal harmony. Additionally, the ministry claimed to have received intelligence indicating linkages between JKDFP and banned terrorist organizations.

In light of these concerns, the central government deemed it necessary to take immediate action against JKDFP, considering the potential risks it posed. The government’s objective is to prevent the organization from continuing its anti-national activities, advocating for the secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India, and destabilizing the legally established government. The ban aims to curb the propagation of anti-national sentiments in Jammu and Kashmir, with the intention of disrupting public order.

The central government has, therefore, declared JKDFP as an ‘unlawful association’ with immediate effect, asserting its commitment to safeguarding the territorial integrity, security, and sovereignty of the nation.

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