#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – June 27 – The United States on Wednesday declared two Lashkar-e-Tayyiba 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 (Dawn)
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 organisation 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 Organisation 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 Department originally designated LT as an FTO in December 2001, and the group was added to the United Nations’ terrorists 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.
Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities
The group’s leader is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is listed under: UN Security Council Resolution 1267.
United Nations Security Council resolution 1267, adopted unanimously on 15 October 1999, after recalling resolutions 1189 (1998), 1193 (1998) and 1214 (1998) on the situation in Afghanistan, the Council established a sanctions regime to cover individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and/or the Taliban wherever located.
The regime has since been reaffirmed and modified by a dozen further UN Security Council Resolutions. It has been claimed the sanctions regime caused dire hardship to the people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime at a time when they were heavily reliant on international food aid, while failing to satisfy any of its demands.
Since the US Invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the sanctions have been applied to individuals and organizations in all parts of the world.
The regime is composed of a UN Security Council Committee, a consolidated list of people and entities it has determined as being associated with Al-Qaeda or the Taliban, and laws which must be passed within each member nation in order to implement the sanctions. The Committee receives reports from each nation as to how the work is proceeding, and is able to vary the conditions imposed on any individual as it sees fit.
There was no right of appeal against listing until December 2006.