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U.S. freezes assets of Lashkar leaders

Washington: The U.S. has clamped down on Pakistan-based Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) by freezing the assets of its top four leaders and barring its nationals from dealing with the militant outfit.

The four are: Muhammad Saeed, the group’s leader; Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, its chief of operations; Haji Muhammad Ashraf, its chief of finance — all hailing from Pakistan and India-born Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, a main LeT financier, the U.S. Treasury Department said. It said Lashkar had links to terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network.

“LeT is a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate... its trans-national nature makes it crucial for governments worldwide to do all they can to stifle LET’s fundraising and operation,” Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a statement. — PTI

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