Efforts on to combat Lashkar-e-Taiba

Efforts on to combat Lashkar-e-Taiba

Courtesy : Agencies10/09/2018 08:25

NEW DELHI: India and the United States have acted jointly in a quiet fashion over the past year against the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terror group that New Delhi holds responsible for orchestrating most terror strikes, including the 26/11 attack, in the country. 

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s reference to the LeT in her statement following the ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue between India and the US here on Thursday indicates growing collaboration against the terror group founded by Hafiz Saeed.

New Delhi and Washington have been quietly working on cornering the LeT and its network and India has been sharing critical inputs with the US, enabling the Trump administration to act against Lashkar operatives who are also getting into the Afghan theatre with encouragement from the Pakistan’s ISI.

“The idea is to work away from the public glare as this would help in attaining maximum results,” pointed a source. Ahead of the ‘2+2’ dialogue, the US had froze assets of three Pakistanis linked with the LeT, indicating its willingness to act against the group.

The US State Department included Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists”, saying that he was a senior commander of the group and was responsible for carrying out various terror attacks in India.

The US Treasury simultaneously targeted Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, who it said were responsible for funnelling money to Lashkar-e-Taiba and paying salaries to its members.

“Treasury’s designations not only aim to expose and shut down Lashkar-e Tayyiba’s financial network, but also to curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out violent terrorist attacks,” Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement, using an alternate spelling of the group’s name.

The designation means all properties belonging to the men subject to the US jurisdiction are blocked and Americans are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

The latest designations came after the US expressed “deep reservations” over the participation of terrorist-affiliated individuals in Pakistan’s general elections on July 25.

Candidates backed by the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) contested the elections through the Allahu Akbar Tehreek, while the Sunni extremist group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat also fielded the candidates. 

Action against the LeT is also essential for the Narendra Modi government as the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks draws near. LeT founder and JuD head Hafiz Saeed -- the chief architect of the 26/11 attack -- is still unscathed by the pressure mounted by the US.

 The actions during the past one year, though, have squeezed his space, said the source.


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