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JAMMU: Justice Tashi Rabstan of J&K High Court Jammu Wing on Friday dismissed the petition seeking quashment of PSA of separatist leader and Muslim League head Masarat Alam Bhat.
While dismissing the petition filed by uncle of Masarat Alam, the court observed that India is victim of an undeclared war by the epicentres of terrorism, radicalism, secessionism and extremism with the aid of well-knit and resourceful outfits and organisations, engaged in secessionist, terrorist and radical activities in different states such as Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern States, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. “It is not necessary to swell the incidents happening throughout the country by narrating all the episodes of extremists and terrorists besides fanatical activities that the country witnesses. These acts and activities are meant to destabilise the nation, raze the constitutional principles that we hold dear, create a psyche of fear and anarchism among common people, tear apart the secular fabric, overthrow democratically elected governments, promote prejudice and bigotry, demoralise security forces, thwart economic progress and development and so on and so forth. This cannot be equated with a usual law and order problem within a State. Fight against overt and covert prejudicial acts is not a regular criminal justice endeavour. Rather it is defence of our nation and its citizens. It is a challenge to the whole nation and invisible force of Indianness that bind this great nation together. Therefore, secessionist, extremist and terrorist activities are challenge for law enforcement. By indulging in such activities, organised groups and/or individuals trained, inspired and supported by fundamentalists and anti-Indian elements are trying to destabilise the country. This new breed of menace was hitherto unheard of. Extremism and terrorism are not only criminal acts but much more than mere criminality. Today, the government is charged with the duty of protecting the unity, integrity, secularism and sovereignty of India from terrorists, both from outside and within borders”, the court observed adding that the threat that we are facing is now on an unprecedented global scale. “Terrorist activities in one country may take on a transnational character, carrying out attacks across one border, receiving funding from private parties or a government across another, and procuring arms from multiple sources. Terrorism in a single country can readily become a threat to regional peace and security owing to its spillover ramifications. It is therefore difficult in the present context to draw sharp distinctions between domestic and international terrorism. Many happenings in the recent past caused the international community to focus on the issue of terrorism with renewed intensity. Anti-extremism and anti-terrorism activities at the global level are mainly carried out through bilateral and multilateral cooperation among nations. It has, in such circumstances, become our collective obligation to save and protect the State and its subjects from uncertainty, melancholy and turmoil”, the court observed.
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