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US places Pakistan's Milli Muslim League on foreign terrorist list

US places Pakistan's Milli Muslim League on foreign terrorist list”

The State Department said in a statement on April 2 that it had designated Milli Muslim League (MML) as a foreign terrorist group because it was operating as fronts for Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) which is also on the us terrorist list. The US State Department today also brought amendments to the designation of Pakistan-based banned terrorist organisation Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) as well as Tehreek-e- Azadi-e Kashmir (TAJK) under the list of terror organisation.

The re-designation restricts U.S. citizens from interacting with the group.

Announcing the decision, the State and the Treasury Departments of the USA said on Monday that the MML has been added under LeT's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under two different laws.

In a statement, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department, explained that the Monday revisions "show that the US government is not fooled by Lashkar-e-Taiba's efforts to circumvent sanctions and deceive the public about its true character".

At the same time, however, the US Treasury Department announced its decision to include seven members of the MML's top brass to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had rejected an application of the Milli Muslim League (MML) seeking its registration as a political party over alleged links with militant organizations.

"LeT founder Saeed had created the MML last August as the group's political front and 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. Also, LeT's property and interest in property subject to USA jurisdiction are blocked, the press release added.

Hafiz Saeed's posters were also seen in the rallies of this party in Pakistan. Following the designations, the finances to the organization have been denied to stop it from carrying out further terrorist attacks. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

President of the MML, Khalid is also the head of LeT's Peshawar headquarters and served on the JuD's Coordination Committee for Central Punjab Province.

Over the years since it was proscribed, the LeT has frequently changed its name to avoid sanctions.

The Department of Finance also warned that those who are helping the MML or funding them financially think again before doing so or threaten United States sanctions.

"The LeT is largely blamed for the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which killed 166 people, including six Americans".



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