U.K. Lifts Ban On Sikh Separatist Outfit


British government has lifted the ban on the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) after both houses of the British Parliament supported a motion to drop it from the list of proscribed organisations.


The statutory instrument relating to the Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2016 was signed by Minister of State in the Home Office, John Hayes.

International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) is the separatist group committed to the creation of Khalistan was established in the 1984 as the global branch of the All India Sikh Students Federation. It was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 2001 by the British government for its attacks, which included assassinations, bombings and kidnappings against Indian officials.
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  • The Indian authorities claimed to have ended the armed struggle in Punjab some 10 years earlier in the early 1990s so the ban made no sense in 2001.
  • Banned in Britain since 2001, the ISYF continues to be outlawed in India, Canada and other countries. Formed in 1984 as the international branch of the All India Sikh Students Federation, it was associated with several assassinations and kidnappings in the 1980s.

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  • Who is the U.K Minister of State in the Home Office?
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Source – The Hindu

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