5-Year Ban on Jammu Kashmir National Front Amid Security Concerns


New Delhi: In a decisive move to safeguard national security, the Indian government has imposed a stringent five-year ban on the Jammu Kashmir National Front (JKNF), a faction of the hardline Hurriyat Conference, branding it an “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The Home Ministry’s order, effective immediately, targets the group led by Naeem Ahmed Khan, who is currently in judicial custody following his arrest on July 24, 2017, in a terror funding case.

The government’s crackdown on JKNF stems from its persistent engagement in activities deemed detrimental to the integrity, sovereignty, and security of India. According to official statements, JKNF members have actively supported terrorist operations, engaged in anti-India propaganda, and fueled separatist sentiments in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. Furthermore, they are accused of providing logistical backing to terrorist entities within the Union Territory.

A significant concern highlighted by the government is the mobilization of violent protests across various Kashmiri locales. JKNF affiliates are said to have orchestrated these demonstrations, perpetuating unlawful acts such as sustained stone-pelting attacks on security forces and bolstering terrorist activities.

In the wake of the ban, Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to social media to reaffirm the government’s unwavering commitment to eradicating terrorist elements. He emphasized that the JKNF’s secessionist endeavors aimed at detaching Jammu and Kashmir from India would not be tolerated. The minister’s message underscored the administration’s dedication to ensuring the safety and security of the Indian populace.


The prohibition of the JKNF aligns with the government’s broader strategy to counteract forces that threaten the nation’s democratic structure and constitutional authority. By preventing the group’s secessionist propaganda and anti-national activities, the government aims to maintain public order and uphold the democratic process, particularly the fundamental right of citizens to participate in elections.

This decisive action against the JKNF will remain in force for the next five years, reflecting the government’s proactive stance in addressing threats to the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.