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US Department of Treasury has so far designated as terrorist 22 individuals and four entities associated with LeT— File photo
US Department of Treasury has so far designated as terrorist 22 individuals and four entities associated with LeT— File photo

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday declared two Lashkar-e-Tayyiba leaders — Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussein Gill — specially designated global terrorists, an action which increases pressure on Pakistan to take punitive action against the group.

A statement issued by the US Department of Treasury said Mr Chaudhry and Mr Gill were being designated for acting for, or on behalf of, LeT, “a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan”.

Treasury and the US Department of State have so far designated as terrorist 22 individuals and four entities associated with LeT.

The State Department also maintained LeT’s designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organisat-ion and added the following aliases to its listing of LeT: Jama’at-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-i-Hurmat-i-Rasool, and Tehrik-i-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal. The State Departm-ent originally designated LT as an FTO in December 2001, and the group was added to the United Nations’ terrorists sanctions list in 2005.

“In targeting Lashkar-e-Tayyiba leadership, today’s action demonstrates our unrelenting commitment to combating terrorism by disrupting terrorist groups’ financial activities,” said US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue to target LeT’s financial foundation to disrupt and impede its violent activities.”

The Department of Treasury said that LeT was responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai which killed nearly 200 people. The group’s leader is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry

The notification stated that Mr Chaudhry had been an LeT senior leader since the early 2000s and has served as LeT vice-president, member of the group’s central leadership, and as close aide of LeT’s overall leader Muhammad Saeed. Mr Chaudhry directed the group’s public relations department for at least 10 years and, as of 2012, was the head of LeT’s information wing. Mr Chaudhry has also been a key strategist for the group and has been involved in LeT operational finance matters.

Muhammad Hussein Gill

Mr Gill is identified as a senior LeT shura member and as one of its founders.

He has been an accountant for LeT for more than 10 years and more specifically, has served as LeT’s chief financial officer and headed LeT’s accounts department for several years. He also has served in LeT’s revenue wing and has maintained LeT’s expense records.

As a result of Wednesday’s action, all property and interests in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons in which Mr Chaudhry and Mr Gill have an interest are blocked, and US persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Published in Dawn, June 26th, 2014

Comments (18) Closed

Vakil Jun 26, 2014 08:13am

And this bit of news makes any ACTUAL difference on the ground to groups like LeT, JeM etc etc ... HOW...???

Irshad Khan Jun 26, 2014 08:18am

Amazingly Punjab government in their last budget approved a huge fund for Jama

abdulaziz Jun 26, 2014 08:44am

@Irshad Khan If they don't, they would be targeted.

AA Jun 26, 2014 08:49am

Do not worry tomorrow Lashkar-e-Tayyiba will work with other name as we rename a folder.

who will march on street if Lashkar-e-Tayyiba ...! Please do not play around the asset.

AA Jun 26, 2014 08:53am

@Irshad Khan Wow! that's why we all saw Lashkar-e-Tayyiba march few weeks before!

Raza Jun 26, 2014 08:53am

@abdulaziz So the Punjab government is a hostage to this group. What can the common man expect? How sad!!!

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 09:04am

@Irshad Khan It was a stupid act of Shahbaz Sharif to win votes. No provincial Govt had ever done such an irresponsible thing. Such sensitive funding should have continued from intelligence agencies budget. A quick cover up is required now.

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 09:56am

Hafiz Sahib should announce the disbandment and take his flock out of Muridke to deep inside AJK. Punjab already has enough problems that it has yet to face.

Hilarious Jun 26, 2014 12:13pm

And yet it is claimed that there is no support, no funding, only 'emotional' and 'moral' support...

ABRAR Jun 26, 2014 04:45pm

Contain these anti-social elements from our society

Khan Jun 26, 2014 04:52pm

Thats is USA old habbit.......Look at example of MODI. That terrorist is now invited as state guest to Washington D.C.

azadi Jun 26, 2014 04:57pm

This is US acting against Pakistan interests and should file a strong case against this they are just peaceful organisations fighting for pakistan causes including poverty and terrorism.

Hilarious Jun 26, 2014 06:36pm

@Khan and @azadi

The fact that you can't distinguish between globally designated terrorists and an elected leader shows clearly why you are considered pariahs all around the world. Do continue hallucinating - maybe even OBL is still around to pull your chestnuts out of the fire...


cautious Jun 26, 2014 09:42pm

I have never understood how terrorist groups banned by Pakistan and the rest of the World seem to continue on in Pakistan as though nothing has happened. The founders and leaders walk the streets without a care in the World. It's time for Pakistan to go beyond placing groups on a "banned list" and actually toss the leaders in jail - better yet turn them over to the World Court or someone who will put them on trial.

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 10:21pm

Shahbaz Sharif might end up on an unpleasant list soon as a financial backer of JuD. Punjab Govt should disown that funding at least now.

jamil khan Jun 26, 2014 10:58pm

Now We should capture these global terrorists and put a fair trial....We should not discriminate into global terrorists and domestic terrorists..We will need to act in US does not provide financial aid to us without legallly criminalizing these terrorists like Saeed.

Devendra Jun 27, 2014 01:07pm

@Khan Modi did not kill innocent people in US or Pakistan. Whereas Hafeez is a international terrorists with his name being directly involved in terrorists acts across the world.

@expat Jun 27, 2014 09:00pm

Not only Punjab, all of Pakistan is an hostage to this group and its supporters.Our reputation,our future ,our next generation is a hostage to these lunatics.Any one supporting such groups under any pretext is a traitor.