The Central Government has banned the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) as an unlawful association under the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
- Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is spearheading the separatist ideology in the Kashmir valley and has been at the forefront of the separatist activities and violence since 1988.
- It is also alleged that JKLF was involved in murders of Kashmiri Pandits in 1989 which led to their exodus from the valley.
- It is also said that JKLF is posing a security threat to the country and is posing threat to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.
- JKLF is also actively and continuously encouraging feelings of enmity and hatred against the lawfully established government as well as armed rebellion.
The decision to ban JKLF was taken in accordance with the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism.
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967
UAPA is anti-terrorist law aimed at effective prevention of unlawful activities associations in India. UAPA’s objective is to provide necessary powers to the investigating agencies to act against activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India.
UAPA bans certain terrorist associations, penalises membership and association with such organizations and punishes terrorist activities. UAPA imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of freedom of speech and expression, to assemble peaceably without arms and to form associations in interests of sovereignty and integrity of India.