Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Mumbai terror attack accused Zakiur-Rehman-Lakhvi and fugitive mob boss Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar were declared individual terrorists by the government under a new anti-terror law.
The decisions have been taken nearly a month after Parliament approved a crucial amendment to The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 1967. They are the first to be declared terrorists under the new anti-terror law.
The ministry cited a series of terror acts in which Pakistan-based Azhar was involved that include attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly complex in 2001, attack on Parliament in 2001, attack on Pathankot air base in 2016 attacks on BSF camp in Srinagar in 2017 and explosion of a Central Reserve Police Force bus at Pulwama on February 14. It said Azhar was also designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 on May 1, 2019, and declared as a proclaimed offender by the special judge (POTA), New Delhi.
On Saeed, the home ministry said he had a hand in attacks at Red Fort in 2000, a CRPF camp in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), India’s worst terror strike in Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed and the attack on a BSF convoy at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Saeed, also the founder of Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), was designated as a global terrorist under the UNSC Resolution 1267 on December 10, 2008.
As for LeT commander Lakhvi, the ministry said he was involved in attacks including at Red Fort in 2000, Rampur CRPF camp in 2008, Mumbai in 2008 and on a BSF convoy at Udhampur in J&K. LeT was listed as a terrorist organisation under the First Schedule to the UAPA, 1967, and Lakhvi was designated as a global terrorist under the UNSC Resolution 1267 on December 10, 2008.
The ministry said Dawood runs an international underworld crime syndicate and is involved in perpetrating acts of terror, promoting religious fundamentalism, terror financing, arms smuggling, circulation of counterfeit currency, money laundering, narcotics, extortion and benami real estate business in India and abroad. He was also involved in assassination attempts on prominent personalities to create social disharmony and terrorise the public.
It also said Dawood executed a series of bomb blasts along with his associates in Mumbai in March 1993, which resulted in deaths of 257 people and injured over 1000 others apart from destruction of properties on a massive scale, and that he was designated as a global terrorist under the UNSC Resolution 1267.