Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, released in IC-814 hijacking, designated as terrorist

Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, who was implicated in a series of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and was one of the terrorists freed in the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in 1999, has been designated as a terrorist by the Union government. He is the fourth individual to be designated as a terrorist by the Center last week.

In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said: “Zargar alias Latram, 52, belongs to Nowhatta in Srinagar and is the Founder and Commander-in-Chief of Al-Umar-Mujahideen Terrorist Group and had been affiliated to the Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front.” Zargar is currently based in Pakistan.

Zargar traveled to Pakistan for illegal weapons training in the 1990s and waged a relentless campaign from Pakistan to fuel terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the Home Ministry.

He has been involved in various terrorist crimes, including murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, planning and executing terrorist attacks and financing terrorism, he noted. The ministry said: “Zargar is a threat to peace, not only in India but worldwide, with his contacts and proximity to radical terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Jaish-e-Mohammed.” The central government has noted that Zargar alias Latram is involved in terrorism and must be notified as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

He is the 35th individual to be declared a Government Designated Terrorist. “Now, therefore, in exercising the powers conferred by clause (a) of subsection (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, the Central Government does this which follows in the fourth annex to the said law, after the serial number 34 and the mentions relating thereto, are inserted the serial number and the following mentions, i.e. 35.” says the notification. The law empowers the central government to notify an individual’s name in its Fourth Schedule if it believes they are involved in terrorism.

On April 8, the government appointed Hafiz Talha Saeed, a key leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the son of the mastermind of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist. Three days later, Pakistani national Mohiuddin Aurangzeb Alamgir, who was involved in the terrorist attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, was also designated as a terrorist. A day later, Ali Kashif Jan, the Pakistani handler of the 2016 terrorist attack on Pathankot Airbase, was designated a terrorist by the government.


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