The United States (US) has included four organizations in the list of foreign terrorist organizations including Jamatud Dawa , Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-i-Hurmat-i-Rasool, and Tehrik-i-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal which are related to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
Meanwhile addressing a press conference Amir Jamatud Dawa Pakistan Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed challenged the US authorities to present even a single proof against the two leaders of LeT. He said JuD is ready to face any allegation at any world forum. He said the courts of the country including high court and Supreme Court of Pakistan have cleared JuD from all allegations. He said due to relief work of JuD for IDPs of North Waziristan US has imposed restrictions on JuD.
According to statement issued from the US foreign office, it has been said that these four organizations are actually the different names of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the Lashkar repeatedly changes its name to avoid sanctions.
The United States declared two Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) 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 organization 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 Organization 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’ terrorist’s 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.
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. 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 the 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.