US imposes sanctions against Pak-based backers of Lashkar-e-Taiba, al Qaeda

The sanctions are expected to also affect the Taliban and Islamic State who rely on related networks for recruitment and funding of suicide bombers and other violent insurgents.

world Updated: May 11, 2017 23:54 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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In a statement, the US treasury department said the country was continuing to “aggressively target extremists in Pakistan and the surrounding region” to minimise the threat they pose.(File Photo)

The United States on Thursday announced sanctions against three Pakistan-based individuals and an entity in an effort to disrupt their leadership and funding, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, as a part of its counter terrorism measures.

Other outfits expected to be impacted by these measures are the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State-Khorasan.

“These sanctions seek to disrupt the financial support networks of terrorists based in Pakistan who have provided support to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Islamic State and LeT for recruitment and funding of suicide bombers and other violent insurgent operations,” John E Smith of the treasury department said in a statement.

“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. The three individuals and entity we designated today have connections with terrorist groups that are a direct threat to the security of both the United States and Pakistan. The individuals are opportunistic and willing to work with extremist organizations, even those ideologically opposed to one another, to help them deepen their foothold in the region.”

The sanctioned individuals were Hayat Ullah Ghulam Muhammad, who gathered and provided material and finances for to the above outfits; Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, who was a prolific fundraiser for LeT; and Inayat ur Rahman, also a fundraiser and resource mobiliser.

The entity sanctioned was Welfare and Development Organization of Jamaat-ud-Dawah for Qur’an and Sunnah, the US treasury said.

First Published: May 11, 2017 23:53 IST