Azad Kashmir govt declares Wahhabi and Deobandi outfits a terrorists

SHAFAQNA – Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has declared 63organizations including Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jesh-e-Muhammad, Harkatul Mujahideen Almi, Harkatul Mujahideen Islami, Sipah-e-Sahaba as terrorist in the region. All of them were Saudi-funded CIA-trained outfits excluding LeT that was considered a proxy for powers that be against Indian hegemonic designs.

However, now Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (also written as Taiba and Toiba) has joined hands with takfiri elements within Wahhabis-allied Deobandis of Pakistan and its focus shift from Indian occupation of Kashmir. Its political wing Jamaat ud Dawa too was declared terrorist and banned by United Nations.

The government of Pakistan has already banned these organizations while declaring them terrorist. The AJK government has issued notification for banning 63 organisations while declaring them as terrorist. Jamaat ud Dawa Pakistan has been put on watch list in the AJK. No local organization is included in banned organizations; meanwhile six organizations of Gilgit-Baltistan are also included in the banned organizations.

“Under the National Action Plan against terrorism, some 11,000 Afghans will be expelled from Azad Kashmir,” Additional IG Police Azad Kashmir Faheem Ahmed Abbasi told a press conference in Muzaffarabad

In accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2014, the AJK Home Department issued the notification to ban 63 organizations within the jurisdiction of Kashmir including Al Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Laskhar-i-Taiba, Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi whereas the activities of Jamaat ud Dawa Pakistan will be under observation.

As per the notification, no individual is permitted to cooperate with these banned organisations. Faheem Ahmed Abbasi said the ban will come into effect on May 1 under the NAP. The plan, which involved the outlawing of militant groups, registration of seminaries and crackdown on hate speech, was announced in the wake of a Taliban massacre that killed 150 people, majority of them school children, in December 2014.
During a press conference, DIG Yaseen Qureshi, SP Shafqat Tanveer — along with other police officers — said that under the NAP, a counter-terrorism department is being established which will recruit 500 highly trained personnel who will be equipped with modern weapons.

The Additional IG said an apex committee was formed in AJK and a 20-point agenda was set which will be implemented from May 1, adding that there will be no exceptions during this period.

Abbasi added that the 1861 Police Act is still being implemented in AJK, adding that it has been 12 years since the act in Punjab was revised.

He said the police’s legal structure needs to be fixed. On the other hand, Abbasi also noted that AJK’s law and order situation and police performance is much better than other parts of the country.

He further said that NAP is of utmost importance and through its implementation; peace and order can be established. He also said that an action-packed initiative will be taken against banned organisations in AJK.

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