Government of India issued take down order for PFI website and social media accounts.
The Indian government had earlier declared the PFI organization illegal in India and has now issued a takedown order for their online presence. PFI and its affiliates have been declared an “unlawful association” by the Government of India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The reason behind this is said to be the organization’s links with Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State or ISIS and claims that PFI is involved in multiple crime and terror cases. .
Now, the Center has issued a fresh order directing the removal of websites as well as social media accounts of PFI and its affiliates. The ban on PFI and its affiliates has been enforced for five years and means these websites and social media accounts may also be gone for the same period. More information on this front is awaited from the Government of India.
PFI websites and social media accounts are prohibited
The Home Ministry said, “With funding and ideological support from outside, it poses a major threat to the country’s internal security. PFI members have committed several criminal activities and brutal killings in the past to create a reign of terror among the public.”
The government also said that the PFI was “pursuing a hidden agenda to radicalise a certain section of the society and that the organization shows complete disrespect for the country’s constitutional authority”.