New Delhi: Reinforcing the commitment of strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism, the Narendra Modi Government on Tuesday declared eighteen more individuals as designated terrorists, under the provisions of the UAPA Act 1967 (as amended in 2019), Home Ministry said in a statement.
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. By invoking the said amended provision, the Central Government designated four individuals in September, 2019 and nine individuals in July, 2020 as terrorists.
The 18 terrorists based in Pakistan are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the country, including the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, IC 814 hijacking, Pathankot airbase attack and the Pulwama attack.