Nacta recommends banning Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al Alami

The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) on Saturday forwarded names of two terrorist outfits to the Ministry of Interior recommending proscription of the militant groups.

“Nacta has recommended Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al Alami (LJ-A) to be included in the list of proscribed organisations,” said the letter written by Nacta to the Ministry of Interior.

JuA emerged in August 2014 after splitting from the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

It has carried a number of attacks in Pakistan against military personnel, law-enforcement agencies (LEAs), government buildings, politicians, religious minorities and lawyers.

JuA also claimed responsibility of the attack on lawyers in Quetta on August 8 this year which claimed 70 lives.

Earlier in August, the US State Department designated JuA as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

The list of banned or proscribed organisations by Ministry of Interior contains 61 groups and the addition of two more militant outfits will increase the number of banned outfits to 63 in the country.

Nacta has also recommended Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al Alami (LJ-A) to be placed in the list of proscribed terrorist organisations.

The group claimed responsibility of attacking Police Training Academy in Quetta on October 25 in which 61 cadets were killed.

Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al Alami is a splinter group of banned Lashar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ) involved in sectarian violence across the country and particularly in Quetta and Karachi.

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