Monday, November 29, 1999

Centre bans over 100 outfits, declares them terrorist groups

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The Centre has banned more than a hundred terrorist outfits linked to al-Qaeda by declaring them terrorist organisations.Most of these organisations have no presence in the country and the ban is the result of international commitment on fight against terrorism as most of these groups already stand banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), sources said.Among the outfits banned are Jemaah Islamiyah, which was involved in Bali bombings, Islamic Jihad Group of Libya, the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, International Islamic Relief Organisation of Philippines and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The revised list also includes Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.The ministry has put these entities together in its revised list of banned outfits as Organisations listed in the Schedule to the UN Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order, 2007," a MHA functionary said.The action under amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is seen as a move "to avoid any legal ambiguity" in case Indian security agencies want to lay their hands on anyone associated with these bodies, an official said.Though India had been keeping tabs on these outfits in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions, no such action was taken in the past.The number of these outfits will increase or decrease as amended from time to time. The ministry has put them together under one head so that it does not have to revise the list whenever it is amended at the UNSC level, the official said.

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