New Delhi: In a decisive move against alleged separatism, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared the Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (Masarat Alam faction) (MLJK-MA) an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the ban, accusing the MLJK-MA of “anti-national and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” including support for terrorist acts and attempts to incite calls for establishing Islamic rule in the region.
“The message is loud and clear,” Shah declared in a tweet. “Anyone acting against the unity, sovereignty, and integrity of the nation will not be spared and face the full wrath of the law.”
The government’s action comes amidst ongoing concerns about separatist tendencies and militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The MLJK-MA, led by Masarat Alam, has been in the spotlight for its controversial rhetoric and alleged links to radical elements.
The UAPA empowers the government to designate organizations as unlawful if they are deemed to be involved in activities aimed at undermining India’s territorial integrity or sovereignty. This ban significantly restricts the MLJK-MA’s operations and exposes its members to potential legal repercussions.
While the government’s move is likely to be welcomed by those advocating for a strong stance against separatists and violence, it could also raise concerns among some sections of the Kashmiri population about potential misuse of the UAPA and further polarization within the region.
However, the government’s message is clear: it will not tolerate any activity that challenges the unity and integrity of India, and those involved in such actions will face the consequences.
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