New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday declared 18 Pakistan-based individuals as designated terrorists under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Some of those designated as terrorists were involved in terror attacks in India including the Bombay serial blasts in 1993, 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, multiple strikes on Indian security forces in the past few years, including in Pathankot and Pulwama, as well as on Parliament on December 13, 2001.
According to a release by the Union Home Ministry, the move was taken to reinforce the commitment of strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism.
“These individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the country,” the release said.
The Home Ministry identified them as:
1– Sajid Mir: Pakistan-based top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and one of the main planners of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
2– Yusuf Muzammil: Pakistan-based commander of LeT operations in Jammu & Kashmir and accused in the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attack.
3– Abdur Rehman Makki: Brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed, LeT chief, and head of LeT political affairs. He also served as head of LeT’s foreign relations department.
4- Shahid Mehmood: Pakistan-based deputy chief of proscribed organization Falah-i-lnsaniyat Foundation (FIF), a frontal organisation of the LeT terror outfit.
5– Farhatullah Ghori: Pakistan-based terrorist involved in the attack on Akshardham Temple in Gujarat in 2002 and suicide attack on the Task Force office in Hyderabad in 2005.
6– Abdul Rauf Asghar: Pakistan-based terrorist involved in setting up of training camps in Pakistan for recruitment and militant training and key conspirator in the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament House on December 13, 2001
7– Ibrahim Athar: Pakistan-based terrorist involved in the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight No. lC-814 on December 24, 1999 (Kandahar hijacking case) and also the key conspirator in the Parliament attack.
8– Yusuf Azhar: Pakistan-based terrorist involved in the Kandahar hijacking case.
9– Shahid Latif: Pakistan-based terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) commander of Sialkot sector who is involved in launching of JeM terrorists into India. He is also involved in planning, facilitation and execution of terror attacks in India
10– Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah: Pakistan-based supreme commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC). He is involved in fund raising and routing finances to India for furtherance of terrorist activities by HM cadres.
11– Ghulam Nabi Khan: Pakistan-based deputy supreme of HM.
12– Zaffar Hussain Bhat: Pakistan-based deputy chief of HM and also handles financial affairs of the terror outfit. He is responsible for sending funds for HM operatives in Kashmir Valley.
13– Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri: Pakistan-based founder member of terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen (IM). He is involved in various terrorist acts in India including German Bakery (2010), Chinnaswami Stadium, Bangalore (2010) , Jama Masjid (2010), Sheetlaghat (2010) and Mumbai (2011), etc.
14– Iqbal Bhatkal: Pakistan-based co-founder of Indian Mujahideen. He is involved in terror financing and various terrorist acts including Jaipur Serial Blasts (2008), Delhi Serial Blasts (2008), Serial Blasts of Ahmedabad and Surat (2008), German Bakery Blast, Pune of (2010) and Chinnaswami Stadium, Bengaluru Blasts (2010), etc.
15– Chhota Shakeel: Pakistan-based associate of Dawood Ibrahim. He looks after all criminal and underworld operations of D-Company. He finances D-Company operatives of India. He was also involved in smuggling of firearms to Gujarat during 1993.
16– Md. Anis Shaikh: Pakistan-based terrorist involved in Bombay Bomb Blast Case, 1993 and responsible for the supply of arms, ammunition and hand grenades.
17– Ibrahim Memon: Pakistan-based terrorist who hatched the criminal conspiracy of the Bombay Bomb Blast Case.
18– Javed Chikna: Pakistan-based associate of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. He was involved in the Bombay Bomb Blast case in 1993.