Mehbooba Mufti questions Centre’s decision to impose ban on Yasin Malik-led JKLF

Centre government on Friday imposed a ban on Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) under the anti-terror law. People’s Democratic Party chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday questioned the Centre  decision to put a ban on Yasin Malik.

Mehbooba took to Twitter and stated, “Yasin Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by then PM Vajpayee Ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kash into an open-air prison.”

Centre on Friday imposed a ban on Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) under the anti-terror law. As per Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the ban was imposed on the outfit for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Malik was arrested on February 22 in a late night raid, days after the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans. He was booked under the Public Safety Act and shifted to Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.

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