US desigtes LeT front Milli Muslim League as terror organisation

New York, April 3: Closing Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) loopholes, the US has desigted its political front, the Milli Muslim League (MML), as well as another front organisation Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) as foreign terrorist groups.
Seven members of the MML’s central leadership body were desigted as foreign terrorists by Washington on Monday.
The State and the Treasury Departments announced that the MML, which openly campaigns with posters of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, had been added under LeT’s desigtion as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO) and as a “Specially Desigted Global Terrorist” (SDGT) under two different laws.
The Treasury Department specified that members who were desigted as SDGTs included MML President Saifullah Khalid, Vice President Muzammil Iqbal Hashimi, General Secretary Fayyaz Ahmad, Joint Secretary Muhammad Harris Dar, Information Secretary Tabish Qayyuum, Fince Secretary Muhammad Ehsan as well as Broadcast and Publications Secretary Faisal deem.
The Treasury Department said that “all property and interests in property of these persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked” and US citizens were banned from having any transactions with them.
“LeT continues to operate freely within Pakistan, holding public rallies, raising funds and plotting and training for terrorist attacks,” the State Department said.”Make no mistake: whatever LeT chooses to call itself, it remains a violent terrorist group,” the Department’s Counterterrorism Coorditor than A. Sales said in Washington.
“Today’s amendments take aim at LeT’s efforts to circumvent sanctions and deceive the public about its true character.”
Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker warned that “those working with the Milli Muslim League, including providing fincial dotions, should think twice about doing so or risk exposure to US sanctions.
“Treasury is targeting the Milli Muslim League and a group of seven global terrorists who are complicit in LeT’s attempts to undermine Pakistan’s political process,” she added.
Saeed created the MML in August last year as the group’s political front. LeT members make up MML’s leadership and the “so-called party” openly displays Saeed’s likeness in its election banners and literature, the State Department said.
The Pakistan Election Commission has rejected MML’s application to be recognized as a political party. IANS