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US slaps new sanctions on LeT, JDQ

Updated May 14, 2017 10:37am

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WASHINGTON: The United States has slapped new sanctions on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaatul Dawa Al Quran (JDQ) to disrupt their leadership and financial networks.

The sanctions, announced on Friday afternoon, came a day after more than a dozen US intelligence agencies reported to Congress that Pakistan-based terrorist groups are still allegedly launching attacks in India and Afghanistan and are likely to continue their activities in future too.

The latest sanctions also apply to the Taliban and Al Qaeda while some terrorist leaders mentioned in the sanctions order have links to ISIS-Khorasan or the militant Islamic State group, as well.

The action aims at “disrupting the leadership of the JDQ and financial support networks of the JDQ, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, LeT, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and ISIS-Khorasan by designating three individuals and one entity based in Pakistan,” the order said.

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issued the order, identified Hayatullah Ghulam Muhammad, Ali Muhammad Abu Turab and Inayatur Rahman as “designated terrorists” involved with these groups.

“The United States continues to aggressively target extremists in Pakistan and the surrounding region, including charities and other front groups used as vehicles to facilitate illicit terrorist activities,” said John E. Smith, director of US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

He said that “the individuals are opportunistic and willing to work with extremist organisations, even those ideologically opposed to one another, to help them deepen their foothold in the region”.

Published in Dawn, May 14th, 2017

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Comments (4) Closed



NaradA Muni May 14, 2017 11:41am

Why can't the proxies be eliminated forever?.

m.Sethi May 14, 2017 02:59pm

This sanction is a glaring example of its politically influenced assessment. Why does the US ignore India's state-sponsored terrorism? as revealed by Indian Navy Commander Jadav, who was working undercover in Iran's Chabahar Port, using a Muslim name and fake passport?

Why does it ignore India's brutal repression in Kashmir? Why does it not demand India allow the world media to investigate massive rape, torture and killings in Kashmir? Why was the US Congressional Human Rights group denied visa by India to visit Kashmir? Until such shocking duplicity and dishonesty ends, there will be no peace in the region.

US is a hypocrite and through such reports and acts,all it wants to do is consolidate it's alignment with India to curb the influence of China with the region!

vikas May 14, 2017 03:29pm

Don't worry. You don't have to listen to US. Pakistan now has CPEC. Who cares what US thinks. It's only when China the new rulers says something that is the time to worry.

Bupi May 15, 2017 06:22am

@vikas Every one knows how China treats its Muslim population .