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Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim declared individual terrorists under new UAPA

New Delhi | Centre has declared Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed, Zakir-ur-Rahman Lakhvi and Masood Azhar as individual terrorists under the new UAPA Act.

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed were on Wednesday declared individual terrorists by the government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 1967.

This development comes just a month after the new law was passed by both the Houses in Parliament.

According to the amendments in the UAPA Act, individuals can be declared as terrorists. Earlier, only groups or organisations could be declared as terrorists.

While Azhar, Saeed and Lakhvi are Pakistanis, Dawood is an Indian currently believed to be living in Pakistan.

Dawood Ibrahim, currently said to be residing in Pakistan, is believed to have played a key role in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 300 people. He has been on The World’s 10 Most Wanted list since 2010 and is designated a “global terrorist”.

Sayeed, on NIA’s most wanted list, is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which killed more  than 150 people.

“And whereas, the central government believes that Maulana Masood Azhar is involved in terrorism and Maulana Masood Azhar is to be notified as a terrorist under the said Act. And whereas, the central government believes that Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is involved in terrorism and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is to be notified as a terrorist under the said Act,” a home ministry notification said.

The government has issued a red corner notice and has said more such names will be added in the list.

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