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India bans Kashmir’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat under UAPA

Ali Shah Geelani walking thorugh a crowd

The union government on Sunday declared Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Jammu and Kashmir (TeH), as an ‘unlawful association’ for five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

“The outfit is involved in forbidden activities to separate J&K from India and establish Islamic rule. The group is found spreading anti-India propaganda and continuing terror activities to fuel secessionism in J&K,” Home Minister Amit Shah posted on X.

Kashmir’s iconic political figure Syed Ali Shah Geelani founded TeH. It was founded on 7 August 2004 after Geelani quit his former party,  Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir.

Geelani died on 1 September 2021 at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

In a gazetted notification, issued on Sunday, Additional Secretary Praveen Vashista said the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is known for “its involvement in fomenting terrorism and anti-India propaganda for fueling the secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“The objective of TeH is to separate Jammu and Kashmir from India and establish Islamic rule in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Vashista in the notification.

Last week, the Ministry of Home Affairs declared ‘Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (Masarat Alam Bhat faction)’/MLJK-MA as an ‘Unlawful Association’ under the draconian UAPA.

52-year-old Masarat Alam Bhat, who has spent 17 years of his life in prison, a Syed Ali Shah Geelani loyalist, is a Kashmiri leader who believes Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination.

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