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US Retains Terrorist Designation Of Pak-Based Group Behind Mumbai Attack

Pak-based LeT has modified its title in an effort to keep away from sanctions, US had stated (Representational)

Washington:

The United States has reviewed and maintained the terrorist designations of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ), together with ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) and a number of other different organisations.

Days forward of the transition of energy, the US Department of State stated that it has amended the terrorist designations of LJ and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to incorporate further aliases.

Additionally, the Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) designations of LJ, ISIL-SP, LeT, Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan (Ansaru), al-Nusrah Front, Continuity Irish Republican Army, and the National Liberation Army, a media observe stated.

“Based upon a review of the Administrative Records… I conclude that the circumstances that were the bases for the designations of the aforementioned organisations as Foreign Terrorist Organisations have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designations and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designations,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a federal register notification revealed on January 14.

These organisations included Lashkar-eTayyiba, Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan, Harakat ulMujahidin, alNusrah Front, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Continuity Irish Republican Army, and the National Liberation Army.

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LeT, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror assault, was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in December 2001.

Since the unique designation occurred, LeT has repeatedly modified its title and created entrance organisations in an effort to keep away from sanctions, the State Department had stated earlier.

The treasury division earlier this month stated that the US blocked $342,000 in funds of LeT in 2019 as a part of its crackdown on overseas terror organisations.

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