Centre declares 18 more individuals including Pak nationals as terrorists under UAPA

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Some of the terrorists have carried out attacks in the country including the 26/11 Mumbai attack, Akshardham Temple attack, Parliament attack and Mumbai blasts

The Centre on Tuesday declared 18 more individuals including Pakistan nationals as terrorists under the  Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,  1967 or UAPA. Some of the terrorists have carried out attacks in the country including the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008, Akshardham Temple attack (2002), Parliament attack (2001) and Mumbai blasts (1993).

The Central government had amended the UAPA in August 2019, to include the provision of designating an individual as a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only organisations could be designated as terrorist organisations.

“Reinforcing the commitment of strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday has declared eighteen more individuals as designated terrorists, under the provisions of the UAPA Act 1967 (as amended in 2019) and included their names in the Fourth Schedule of the said Act,” said the Union Home Ministry statement.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has unequivocally reaffirmed the nation’s resolve to fight terrorism. By invoking the said amended provision, the Central government designated four individuals in September, 2019 and nine individuals in July, 2020 as terrorists.

Here is the list of 18 terrorists:

1. Sajid Mir- also known as (Sajid Majeed, Ibrahim Shah, Wasi, Khali, Muhammad Waseem):  Mir is a Pakistan-based top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and was one of the main planners of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

2. Yusuf Muzammil- also known as (Ahmad Bhai, Yousuf Muzammil Butt, Hurreira Bhai): Muzammil, also referred to as Yousuf Muzammil Butt, is another Pak-based commander of LeT operations in Jammu & Kashmir and is also accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

3. Abdur Rehman Makki- also known as (Abdul Rehman Makki): Makki is the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed- who is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and is listed on National Investigation Agency (NIA) most wanted list.

4. Shahid Mehmood- also known as (Shahid Mehmood Rehmatullah): Mehmood is the Pakistan based deputy chief of proscribed organisation Falah-i-lnsaniyat Foundation (FIF), which is a part of the LeT.

5. Farhatullah Ghori- also known as (Abu Sufiyan, Sardar Sahab, Faru): Ghori is Pakistan-based terrorist and was involved in the attack on Akshardham Temple (2002) and suicide attack on Task Force office in Hyderabad (2005).

6. Abdul Rauf Asghar- also known as (Mufti, Mufti Asghar, Saad baba, Maulana Mufti Rauf Asghar): Asghar, another Pakistan-based terrorist, has been involved in setting up of training camps in Pakistan for recruitment and militant training and key conspirator in the attack on Indian Parliament in 2001.

7. Ibrahim Athar- also known as (Ahmed AliMohd. Ali Shaikh, Javed Amjad Siddiqui, A.A. Shaikh, Chief): Ibrahim Athar was involved in the Kandhar hijacking of 1999 and was also a key conspirator in the Indian Parliament attack of 2001.

8. Yusuf Azhar - also known as (Azhar Yusuf, Mohd. Salim): Azhar is yet another Pakistan-based terrorist, involved in the 1999 Kandhar plane hijack case.

9. Shahid Latif- Chota Shahid Bhai- Noor Al Din): Latif is Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander of Sialkot sector, involved in the launching of terrorists into India. He is part of planning, facilitation and execution of terror attacks in the country.

10. Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah- most commonly known as Syed Salahudeen (also known as Peer Sahab, Buzurg): Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah aka Syed Salahudeen is the supreme commander of the terror-outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and chairman of the United Jihad Council. He is involved in fundraising and routing finances to India for the furtherance of terrorist activities by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s cadres.

11. Ghulam Nabi Khan- also known as (Amir Khan, Saifullah Khalid, Khalid Saifullah, Jawaad, Daand): Pakistan-based Ghulam Nabi Khan is the deputy supreme of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

12. Zaffar Hussain Bhat- also known as (Khursheed, Mohd. Zafar Khan, Moulvi, Khursheed Ibrahim): Being the deputy chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Zaffar Hussain Bhat handles financial affairs of the terror outfit. He is responsible for sending funds for operatives in the Kashmir Valley.

13. Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri- also known as (Shah Riyaz Ahmed, Riyaz Bhatkal, Md. Riyaz, Ahmed Bhai, Rasool Khan, Roshan Khan, Aziz): Founder member of militant group the Indian Mujahideen, Shahbandri has been involved in various bomb attacks in India including German Bakery (2010), Chinnaswami Stadium, Bangalore (2010), Jama Masjid (2010), Sheetlaghat (2010) and Mumbai (2011).

14. Md. Iqbal- also known as (Shabandri Mohammed Iqbal, Iqbal Bhatkal): Iqbal is the co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen. He has been involved in terror financing and various serial blast attacks including Jaipur Serial Blasts (2008), Delhi Serial Blasts (2008), serial blasts of Ahmedabad and Surat (2008), German Bakery Blast, Pune of (2010) and Chinnaswami Stadium and Bengaluru Blasts (2010).

15. Shaikh Shakeel - also known as Chhota Shakeel: Chhota Shakeel, a close associate of Dawood Ibrahim, is the in-charge of all criminal and underworld operations of the D-Company and finances its operatives. He was involved in the smuggling of firearms to Gujarat, India, during the 1993 Bombay blast.

16. Mohammad Anis Shaikh: Pakistan-based terrorist, involved in Bombay Bomb Blast Case, 1993 and responsible for the supply of arms, ammunition and hand grenades.

17. Ibrahim Memon - also known as (Tiger Memon, Mushtaq, Sikander, Ibrahim Abdul Razak Memon, Mustafa, Ismail): Ibrahim Memon, alias Tiger Memon hatched the criminal conspiracy of the Bombay Bomb Blast Case, 1993.

18. Javed Chikna-also known as (Javed Dawood Tailor): Chikna is another associate of Dawood Ibrahim and was involved in Bombay Bomb Blast case, 1993.

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