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Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim were declared individual terrorists by the government under a new anti-terror law. Invoking the recent amendments in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Central Government has decided to declare the following individuals as terrorists and add their names to Schedule 4 of the Act: Maulana Masood Azhar: chief, founder and key leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad Hafiz Muhammad: chief: founder and key leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamat-ud-Dawa Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi: chief operation commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba and one of its founder members Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar: runs an international underworld crime syndicate and is involved in perpetrating acts of terror All of the above are involved in terrorist attacks in India, and have been designated as global terrorists under United Nations. Earlier when terrorist organizations were banned, the individuals associated with it simply changed names and continued to carry out terrorist activities. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 In August 2019, Parliament passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The amended act empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists. The amended act empowers the officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases. if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the NIA, the approval of the Director General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property. The earlier act defines terrorist acts to include acts committed within the scope of any of the treaties listed in a schedule to the Act. The Bill adds another treaty to the list namely, the International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005).

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