The US on Wednesday slapped sanctions on four Pakistani terrorists linked to the LeT and al-Qaeda,with one of them having links to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim,for their involvement in terror attacks including Mumbai train bombings and Samjhauta Express blast.
The US Treasury Department imposed asset freeze on four designated terrorists Arif Qasmani,Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen al-Peshawari,Mohammed Yahya Mujahid and Nasir Javaid.
“The designated individuals have provided direct support to al-Qaeda and the LeT and have facilitated terrorist attacks,including the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai,India,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.
“The United States and the United Nations have both targeted these four individuals for supporting al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e Taiba,” said Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam J Szubin.
Contending that threats to global security require a global response,Szubin said the US was supporting the UN Security Council to “cut these terrorist supporters off from the international financial system”.
Al-Peshawari,Qasmani and Mujahid were added to the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee’s Consolidated List of individuals and entities associated with Osama bin Laden,al-Qaeda,and the Taliban in June this year.
All UN member states are obligated to freeze funds and assets of such individuals and entities and to impose other sanctions like travel ban and arms embargo.
The US implements its asset freeze by blocking all property and interests in property of the designees in the US or under control of US persons,the Treasury Department said.
It said among the four designated as global terrorists,Qasmani was chief coordinator for LeT’s dealings with other groups and provided support for terrorist operations of the outfit that masterminded last year’s Mumbai terror attacks.
Qasmani has worked with LeT to facilitate terrorist attacks,including the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai and the February 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing in Panipat.
“Qasmani conducted fundraising activities on behalf of LeT in 2005 and utilised money that he received from Dawood Ibrahim,an Indian crime figure and terrorist supporter,to facilitate the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai,” it said.
Since 2001,Qasmani has also provided financial and other support and services to al-Qaeda,including facilitating the movement of its personnel in and out of Afghanistan and provision of supplies and weapons.
In return for his support,al-Qaeda provided Qasmani with operatives to support the Mumbai train bombing and that of the Samjhauta Express,a statement said.