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Hurriyat’s Srinagar Office Sees Signboard Vanish Amid Talk Of Ban


Syed Ali Shah Geelani leads the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, the extremist faction of the Hurriyat Conference.

New Delhi:

The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, the extremist Hurriyat Conference faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, at the moment eliminated its signboard on the group’s head workplace at its chief’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora space. The improvement got here amid indications that each the reasonable and hard-line blocs of the separatist entity may quickly be banned by the Centre.

“They themselves removed the boards fearing action,” a senior authorities official stated, including that the ban can be below Section 3 (1) of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Under this part of the Act, if the Central authorities is of the opinion that any affiliation is, or has, turn out to be an illegal affiliation, it could be notified as illegal.

“A proposal has been mooted as per the Centre’s policy of zero tolerance for terrorism,” the official stated.

In June, Union Home Minister Amit Shah requested stakeholders working in Kashmir Valley to maintain a test on rising radicalisation. Following this, a variety of raids have been carried out in Jammu and Kashmir by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

To again its case for a ban, the Centre has annexed a number of circumstances being probed by NIA associated to terror funding. Many second-rung cadres of each factions are in jail since 2017, in response to the Union Home Ministry.

Among these are Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of Mr Geelani, together with the latter’s shut aide Ayaz Akbar — the faction’s spokesperson — businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Peer Saifullah, and the reasonable Hurriyat faction’s spokesperson Shahid-ul-Islam.

The All-Party Hurriyat Conference got here into existence in 1993 with 26 teams, together with some pro-Pakistan and banned outfits such because the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat. It additionally included the People’s Conference and the Awami Action Committee headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

The separatist group into two factions in 2005 with the moderates being led by the Mirwaiz and the hard-liners by Mr Geelani. In 2019, the Centre banned the Jamaat-e-Islami and the JKLF below UAPA.

The Jammu and Kashmir police lately arrested 4 separatist leaders, together with some Hurriyat constituents, for “selling” Pakistani MBBS seats to Kashmiri college students and utilizing that cash to assist and fund terrorism.

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