Srinagar: The Home Ministry on Friday declared the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) (Yasin faction) as an unlawful organisation under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
“JKLF led by Yasin Malik has been spearheading the separatist ideology in the valley and has been at the forefront of separatist activities and violence since 1988. Murders of Kashmiri Pandits by JKLF in 1989 triggered their exodus from the valley. He was the mastermind behind the purging of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir valley and is responsible for their genocide”, home ministry stated.
JKLF has a number of serious cases registered against it. The outfit is responsible for murder of four Indian Air Force personnel and kidnapping of Dr Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the VP Singh Government. JKLF is also responsible for illegal funneling of funds for fomenting terrorism. JKLF is actively involved in raising of funds and its distribution to Hurriyat cadres and stone-pelters to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley as well as for subversive activities, the ministry added.
“Activities of JKLF (Y) pose a serious threat to the security of the country and are prejudicial to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. The organisation has been actively and continuously encouraging, feelings of enmity and hatred against the lawfully established Government as well as armed rebellion,” it stated.
“In all 37 FIRs have been registered by J&K Police against JKLF. Two cases including the case of murder of IAF personnel were registered by CBI. NIA has also registered a case, which is under investigation. It is evident from these that JKLF continues to be actively engaged in supporting and inciting secessionism and terrorism including terror financing,” the ministry added.
The move has come after banning the ‘Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K)’ as an unlawful association under the same law and the Union Home Ministry clarified at that time that ‘Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K)’ was separate from ‘Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’.