Terrorism is a significant threat to the national security and stability of India. In an effort to combat this threat, the Indian government has taken several measures to strengthen its anti-terror laws and take action against individuals and organizations involved in terrorist activities. Recently, on January 6th, 2023, the Centre banned the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), a proxy outfit of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, for its involvement in terror acts in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. Additionally, a Lashkar-e-Taiba member, Arbaz Ahmad Mir, was designated as an individual terrorist under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
Banning of the People’s Anti-Fascist Front
- The Union Home Ministry in a notification stated that the PAFF has been regularly issuing threats to security forces, political leaders and civilians working in Jammu and Kashmir from other states.
- The PAFF, along with other organizations, is involved in proactively conspiring both physically and in social media to undertake violent terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and major cities in India. Along with other organizations, PAFF is indulging in the radicalization of impressionable youth for recruitment and training in handling guns, ammunition, and explosives.
- The group has also been involved in various acts of terrorism in India. Therefore, exercising the powers conferred by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Central government declared PAFF a banned organization.
Designation of Arbaz Ahmad Mir as an individual terrorist
- In a separate notification, the Union Home Ministry stated that it has designated Arbaz Ahmad Mir, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir but is presently based in Pakistan and working for the banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, as an individual terrorist.
- Mir has been involved in target killings and has emerged as the main conspirator in the killing of a woman teacher, Rain Bala, in Kulgam of Jammu and Kashmir a few months ago.
- The Ministry believes that Mir has been involved in coordinating terrorism in the Kashmir Valley and supporting terrorists by transporting illegal arms or ammunition or explosives from across the border. Therefore, exercising the powers conferred by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, designated him as an individual terrorist.
Terrorism remains a significant threat to the national security and stability of India. The banning of the PAFF and the designation of Arbaz Ahmad Mir as an individual terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, are significant steps taken by the Indian government to combat this threat. Such actions send a clear message that the government will not tolerate any form of terrorism and will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. It’s important to note that the government continues to take the necessary steps to prevent terrorist activities and bring the perpetrators of terrorist acts to justice, in order to ensure the security and stability of the nation.
Written by IAS POINT