[dropcap]M[/dropcap]INISTRY of Home Affairs in a notification on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, declared Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar as terrorist under Section 35 (1) (a) of the new anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019.
The central government had recently amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and strengthened Section 35 (Terrorists Organisations and Individuals) under which an individual can also be designated as a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only groups or organisations could be declared as terrorist.
Maulana Masood Azhar, a United Nations designated global terrorist and leader of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed has been involved in various terrorist attacks in the country including terror attack on Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly complex in Srinagar on the October 1, 2001; Parliament of India on December 13, 2001; BSF camp at Humhama, Srinagar in October, 2017, CRPF camp at Lethpora, Pulwama in December, 2017; Army Camp, Sunjwan, Jammu in February, 2018; and Pulwama CRPF convoy on February 14, 2019.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Zaki-ur-RehmanLakhvi, both United Nations designated global terrorists have been involved in various terrorist attack in India including terror attack on Red Fort on December 22, 2000; Rampur terror attack in January, 2008;26/11 Mumbai attack in November, 2008;attack on BSF Convoy at Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir on August 05, 2015.
Saeed is a key leader of proscribed terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa, whereas Lakhvi is the Chief Operational Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, designated global terroristby United Nations, is the mastermind of the series of bomb blasts in Mumbai in March 1993. Dawood is also listed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and Al-Qaeda Sanction Committee of United Nations Security Council for support, supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.