July 2006 News

Finally, J&K Will Ban LeT

29 July 2006
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has finally decided to ban all terrorist groups operating in the state . A notification to this effect will be issued soon, chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Hindustan Times over phone. These include the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, the Jaish-eMohammad, the Harkat-ul-Mujahadeen and other indigenous groups Azad was reacting to a HT report that revealed that no terrorist group was banned in the state- the ones proscribed in the 1990s are now free of restrictions because the bans have ex pired. 'It came as a news to me that no terrorist group is banned in Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. 'But we will ban them now.' In Jammu and Kashmir, the procedure of banning a group is cumbersome. After the gov ernment decides to ban a group, it has to be confirmed by a panel headed by a judge of the State High Court. A banned outfit cannot operate any office, nor hold accounts in any banks. Anyone associated with it can be sentenced to jail for five years.


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