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Drugs and Khalistani movement getting intermingled, says report as India names nine in terror list

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 06 Jul 2020

Berlin: Pakistan's spy agency the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) has turned several chiefs of Sikh terror groups into drug smugglers, according a media report in Zee News.

As per an investigation report by the media house, Germany is being developed as a base for Khalistan operations by ISI.

ISI is using Khalistani terrorists to smuggle narcotics and provide funds to terror various groups for anti-India activities, reported the Indian news channel.

A dossier prepared by Indian Security agencies and accessed by Zee News reveals ISI's sinister plan to use pro-Khalistani elements based in Pakistan, Germany, UK, Canada and US for promoting terror and terror ideology by luring the youth and spreading hatred against India.

Meanwhile, the Indian government on Wednesday designated nine Khalistani terrorists in terror list under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) (UAPA) Act.

The Central Government had amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in August 2019, to include the provision of designating an individual as a terrorist.

Prior to this amendment, only organizations could be designated as terrorist organizations.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the debate in Parliament last year on the amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, had strongly expressed the Modi Government’s commitment to firmly fight the menace of terrorism and had unequivocally reaffirmed the nation’s resolve on this matter.

By invoking the said amended provision, in September 2019, the Central Government designated four individuals as terrorists, viz. Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-RehmanLakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim.

Reinforcing the commitment to strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism, the Union Home Ministry  on Wednesday declared  nine individuals associated with Khalistan movement from various countries like Pakistan to Germany, Canada and USA as designated terrorists under the provisions of the UAPA Act 1967 (as amended in 2019) and included their names in the Fourth Schedule of the said Act.

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