New US sanctions target Lashkar-e Tayyiba terrorist group

WASHINGTON, April 2 (KUNA) — The US instituted sanctions against the Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist group by targeting its political party, the Milli Muslim League (MML) and seven MML officials.

“These designations seek to deny LeT the resources it needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks,” said a State Department release on Monday.

“LeT is a militant organization that formed in the 1980s and was responsible for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. In recent years the group has freely operated in Pakistan, “holding public rallies, raising funds, and plotting and training for terrorist attacks,” the statement highlighted.

To avoid sanctions LeT has changed its name over the years and began operating as Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir in 2017.

“As a result of today’s designations, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them,” the US Treasury Department affirmed.

“We will continue to target terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e Tayyiba, even when they attempt to cloak themselves as political parties or hide their extremism behind other facades,” said Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker in the statement. “Those working with the Milli Muslim League, including providing financial donations, should think twice about doing so or risk exposure to US sanctions.” (end) ak.ibi

Source: Kwait News Agency