Govt bans new offshoots of al-Qaeda, [ISIS under anti-terror law]

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Govt bans new offshoots of al-Qaeda

New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) The Centre has banned new offshoots of terror organizations al-Qaeda and ISIS under the stringent anti-terror law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, according to an official order

Both al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K), an Afghanistan-based affiliate of ISIS, have been declared unlawful by the Union home ministry as they were found to be radicalizing Indian youths for ‘global jihad’ and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests, it said

The ISIS-K is also known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP)/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan, the order said

The AQIS, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, is a terrorist organization, which has committed acts of terrorism in the neighboring countries and has been promoting and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests in the Indian Sub-continent, it said

It has been attempting radicalization and recruitment of youths from India, it said, adding and the outfit has been declared as the banned organization under the UAPA

The ISKP/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan is also promoting and encouraging terrorism in the Indian Sub-continent, according to the order

Has it been committing terrorist acts to consolidate its position by recruiting youths for? global jihad’ and to achieve the objective of establishing its own? caliphate’ by overthrowing democratically elected governments, it said

The outfit, which has now been banned, considers India and Indian interests as its targets and is engaged in activities of radicalizing and recruiting Indian youth for terror activities, the home ministry order said

Both these outfits were declared as the terrorist organizations as they were recruiting youths from India, it said, adding the radicalization of the youths was a matter of serious concern for the national security and international peace

The UAPA has strict penal provisions to deal with banned organizations and their members.

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