US designates Hafiz Saeed’s Political Party as terrorist organisation

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The 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed’s political front Mili Muslim league was designated a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States of America on Tuesday. The US State Department today also brought amendments to the designation of Pakistan-based banned terrorist organisation Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) as well as Tehreek-e- Azadi-e Kashmir (TAJK) under the list of terror organisations.

Besides, the US also designated seven members of the MML as foreign terrorists for acting on behalf of Lashkare-Taiba. A press statement released by the State Department dated April 2 says that the changes have been done to designate LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224. The designations accorded to the Pakistan-based organisations deny the resources it needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks.

Other repercussions of the attributed designations include blocking of LeT’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

The state department also focused on not only exposing but even isolating such terror organisations and denying them access to the US financial system. The US also said that LeT continues to function openly within Pakistan, organising fundraisers, holding public rallies and training terrorists. The Department of State had designation LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) on December 26, 2001.

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