Govt Bans Offshoots Of Al-Qaeda, ISIS In Anti-Terror Law

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New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has banned terror outfit Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and all its subsidiary groups under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A notification in this regard was issued by the Home Ministry on June 19, 2018.

The notification issued by the Home Ministry said, “The ‘Al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)’, an affiliate of ‘Al-Qaida (AQ)’, is a terrorist organisation, which has committed acts of terrorism in the neighbouring countries, has been promoting and encouraging terrorist acts on the Indian interests in the Indian Sub-continent and has been attempting radicalisation and recruitment of youth from India.”

Home Ministry’s notification has also banned Islamic State in Khorasan Province/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, an Afghanistan-based affiliate of the ISIS, pointing that it “promotes and encourages” terrorism in the Indian Sub-continent.

According to the Home Ministry, the outfit “has been committing terrorist acts to consolidate its position by recruiting youth for ‘global jihad’ and to achieve the objective of establishing its own ‘caliphate’ by overthrowing democratically elected Governments and considers India and the Indian interests as its targets and is engaged in activities of radicalising and recruiting Indian youth for terrorist activities”.

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