India on Wednesday welcomed the United States’ decision to label three Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT), saying the latest designations call into question Islamabad’s sincerity in taking action against such terrorist elements.
“The announcement vindicates India’s consistent stand that internationally designated terrorist groups and individuals, including LeT and its front, Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation [FIF], continue to operate from and raise financial resources with impunity in Pakistan, and use territories under its control for carrying out cross-border terrorism in India and elsewhere in South Asia,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
On Tuesday, the US Departments of State and Treasury designated three Pakistanis linked to the LeT, the outfit responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, as global terrorists to shut down the militant group’s financial network and curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out violent terrorist attacks.
LeT commander Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil was named as an SDGT by the Department of State. Separately, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action to disrupt the LeT’s fund-raising and support networks by designating two of the group’s financial facilitators, Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, as SDGTs.