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US identifies MML, TAJ as LeT affiliates

US identifies MML, TAJ as LeT affiliates

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Apr 03, 2018 - 16:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The State Department has amended its designation of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) by identifying two new Pakistani political parties as its affiliates, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to Dawn, the Milli Muslim League (MML) and Tehreek-i-Azadi-i-Kashmir (TAK) have been identified as LeT affiliates, barring them for registering as political entities.

The US Treasury Department also updated its list of individual terrorists, naming seven members of ML leadership as LeT activists acting on behalf of the banned outfit.

The State Department described the MML and TAK as LeT ‘aliases’ and added their names to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs) and Specially-Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT).

“In August 2017, LeT chief Hafiz Saeed created the MML to serve as a political front for the group. 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.

Monday’s amendments “take aim at Lashkar-e-Taiba’s efforts to circumvent sanctions and deceive the public about its true character,” said Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.

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