WASHINGTON - The US Treasury Department said Thursday it placed sanctions on eight people who hold leadership positions with Lashkar-e-Taiba, which reportedly has links to the Taliban.
“Today’s action against LeT is Treasury’s most comprehensive to date against this group and includes individuals participating in all aspects of LeT’s operations – from commanders planning attacks to those managing LeT’s relationships with other terrorist groups,” said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence in a statement.
The group was designated as a foreign terrorist organisation by the State Department in December 2001, and added to the United Nations list of sanctioned terrorists in May 2005. LeT was banned by Pakistan in 2002 but the group continues to operate there. “Attacking LeT’s facilitation networks is important, since charitable donations LeT raises in Pakistan — its primary revenue source — are used to fuel LeT’s militant operations,” he said.
Among those targeted was Sajjid Mir, a senior recruiter for LeT who from 2006 to 2011 was in charge of external operations.
Agencies add: Second on the list was Abdullah Mujahid, called LeT’s “senior paramilitary commander for Afghanistan” since around mid-2008. Also on the list are Ahmed Yaqub, called LeT’s chief for Bangladesh and Nepal operations; Hafiz Khalid Walid, who runs the LeT political bureau; Amir Hamza, a propagandist and central advisory committee member; Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, head of the LeT ulema (clerics) wing; Abdullah Muntazir, called an LeT media official, and Talha Saeed, also in teacher and media relations for the group.