The Ministry of Home Affairs declared the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF) as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on 6th January 2023. As per the notification issued by the MHA, PAFF believed to be an affiliate of Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), emerged in 2019.
On Friday, the Union Home Ministry also declared Arbaz Ahmad Mir, a Lashkar-e-Taiba member, as an ‘individual terrorist’ under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. 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, the ministry said. Notification also stated that 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 PAFF regularly issues threats to Indian security forces, political leaders, and civilians working in Jammu and Kashmir from other states. The PAFF along with other organisations is involved in conspiring pro-actively physically and on social media to undertake violent terrorist acts in J&K and other major cities in India,” the notification said.
“The PAFF along with other organisations is indulging in radicalization of impressionable youth for the purpose of recruitment and training in handling guns, ammunition and explosives,” the notification stated.
Exercising the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Central government declared PAFF a banned organisation, the ministry said.
Terrorism poses a direct threat to the growth and stability of the country and this could be a big step to combat against terrorism in a country. We must stand together and support this action imposed by the Government of India.