India on Tuesday (27 October) declared eighteen Pakistan-based individuals as designated terrorists, under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Earlier in August 2019, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government has amended the UAPA to include the provision of designating an individual as a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only organizations could be designated as terrorist organizations.
By invoking the said amended provision, the Centre designated four individuals in September 2019 and nine individuals in July 2020 as terrorists, a Ministry of Home Affairs statement said on Tuesday (27 October).
On Tuesday (27 October), the Ministry of Home Affairs designated 18 more individuals as terrorists and included their names in the fourth schedule of the amended UAPA.
The 18 individuals designated as terrorists include Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) top commanders Sajid Mir alias Sajid Majeed and Yusuf Muzammil (both accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack); Abdur Rehman Makki, brother-in-law of LeT Chief Hafiz Saeed ; Hizbul Mujahideeen Chief Syed Salahudeen,
The list also includes Pakistan-based associates of Dawood Ibrahim including Chhota Shakeel, Shahid Shaikh and Javed Chikna; and Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, founder members of the proscribed terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Other Pakistan-based designated terrorists include Shahid Mehmood, Abu Sufiyan, Yusuf Azhar, Shahid Latif, Saifullah Khalid, Zaffar Hussain Bhat, Mohammad Anis Shaikh, Tiger Memon and Abdul Rauf Asghar.
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