US, Saudi Arabia sanction alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba supporters

Published: April 1, 2016
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Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. PHOTO: FILE

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. PHOTO: FILE

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the United States imposed joint sanctions targeting the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, the two countries announced on Thursday.

The sanctions targeted four individuals and two affiliated organisations, including James Alexander McLintock and the Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, which the US Treasury Department said was a front for al Qaeda.

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Also listed were Abdul Aziz Nuristani, the Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar and Saudi Arabia-based Muhammad Ijaz Safarash, who was accused of arranging travel documents and financial transfers for Lashkar-e-Taiba from the kingdom.

The announcement marks the second time that the United States and Saudi officials have coordinated their actions to disrupt the finances of militant groups in Southeast Asia.

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Last April, they levied joint sanctions against Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust, also based in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Prada
    Apr 1, 2016 - 9:52AM

    India’s diplomatic offensive against terrorist organizations is bearing fruit.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Apr 1, 2016 - 9:56AM

    The noose is tightening, slowly but surely.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Apr 1, 2016 - 2:48PM

    Excellent development ! We need to break the back of terror organizations and their financiers, supporters wherever they are. The entire world will be very pleased with this development. Pakistani citizens who lose thousands to terrorism every year will be doubly pleased. Cannot fight terrorism with F – 16’s alone, support from the global community is also needed.Recommend

  • Ghadeer
    Apr 1, 2016 - 2:53PM

    China is better friend than Saudi for Pakistan.
    Although Saudi doesn’t persecute its Muslims as does China in xinjiang.Recommend

  • Vap
    Apr 1, 2016 - 3:00PM

    @Prada: The funny part is both these countries have been and still are funding LeT. Recommend

  • fawad
    Apr 1, 2016 - 3:21PM

    Why can’t Pakistan do it for its own good??! Why other countries take action on organization based in the country, but no one cares herewhat they are doing. And then people blame US or Whole world for defaming Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Apr 1, 2016 - 3:51PM

    This is really humiliating to Pakistan. Our closest ally Saudi Arabia also chiding us. Lessons to be learnt. These LeT assets must be eliminated for further embarrassment.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Apr 1, 2016 - 4:10PM

    Why do we wait until others do it? Shouldn’t Pakistan itself be disrupting terror financing?Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 1, 2016 - 6:51PM

    All this drama around Mr. Kulbhushan Jhadav was expressly meant to counter this hugely embarrassing moment. It was meant to deflect attention from the utter failure of the Pakistani deep state’s policy of using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. However we doubt Pakistan will learn any lessons from this and change it’s behaviour. It has been Pakistan’s great misfortune that it’s deep state has found one patron or the other that finds it expedient to use Pakistani services in creating mayhem in the region and beyond. First it was the US, then it was the gulf states and now it is China. In the case of China, they had better realize that unless these terrorists are eliminated from Pakistan, it’s investments will not be safe. But then, they probably don’t care. As most of these investments are loans and Pakistan will have to pay it back anyhow.Recommend

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