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Centre Declares Kashmir-Born IS Recruitment Cell Head as Terrorist

Ministry of Home Affairs announced in a Wednesday notification, saying "Ahmad Ahanger alias Abu Usman Al-Kashmiri is involved in terrorism and he is to be added as a terrorist under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967".

05-01-2023 : The Union government has declared the head of the Islamic State (IS) recruitment cell for India, Ahmad Ahanger alias Abu Usman Al-Kashmiri as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar-born terrorist is presently based in Afghanistan and is one of the chief recruiters of Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK).

Ministry of Home Affairs announced in a Wednesday notification, saying “Ahmad Ahanger alias Abu Usman Al-Kashmiri is involved in terrorism and he is to be added as a terrorist under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967”.

Ahanger, who was born in 1974 in Nawakadal, Srinagar, has strong ties to Al-Qaida and other international terrorist organisations and is working to reopen Islamic State (IS) networks in India, according to the notification.

Ahanger has begun the process of identifying individuals to include in his Kashmir-based network in an effort to give militancy in Kashmir more traction.

According to the notification, “Ahanger was chosen as head of Islamic State (IS) recruitment unit for India and had been instrumental in starting an online ISIS Propaganda Magazine focused on India.”

According to the MHA notification, Ahanger has been a wanted terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir for more than 20 years and has begun devising terror-related plans there by creating lines of communication amongst various terrorist organisations.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 was passed to address dealing with terrorist acts and issues related to them as well as to more effectively prevent some unlawful activities of people and organisations.