India bans separatist political faction in Jammu and Kashmir – JURIST


The Indian Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) issued a ban Wednesday on the Masarat Alam faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (MLJK-MA) for a five-year interval beneath the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in an alleged try and curb “secessionist actions.”

The MHA alleged that the MLJK-MA and its members are actively “concerned in anti-national and secessionist actions” in Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, the notification accused the group of “supporting terrorist actions and inciting individuals to determine Islamic rule in J&Okay.”

This ban is unfolding in opposition to the backdrop of persistent tensions in Jammu and Kashmir for the reason that abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Structure in 2019, which was lately upheld by the Supreme Court docket of India. The revocation of Article 370, which granted particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir inside the Indian Union, ignited protests and requires independence from some segments of the Kashmiri inhabitants.

Masarat Alam, a distinguished separatist chief in Jammu and Kashmir and former president of the MLJK-MA, has a history of arrests and imprisonments associated to his political actions. Identified for his anti-India and pro-Pakistan stance, Alam assumed the chairmanship of the hardline faction of the All Events Hurriyat Convention in September 2021 after the passing of Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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