Islamic outfit PFI and associates banned in India for five years

India: Days after launching a major nationwide crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Indian government on Wednesday banned the Islamic outfit for alleged involvement in terrorism. Reportedly, all the associates, affiliates or fronts associated with PFI have been banned under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) ACT (UAPA) for a period of five years.

“In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the Central Government hereby declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associated or affiliates or fronts including Rehab India Foundation, Campus Front of India, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organization, National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala, as an ‘unlawful association’,” read a government notification.

It added that several instances of PFI having international linkages with “global terrorist groups” had been reported in the last few years. Moreover, some activists of PFI had joined terror outfits such as ISIS and partaken in terror activities in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, it said.

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