US designates 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s MML as terror organisation

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2018 8:41 am

Hafiz Saeed is showered with flower petals as he walks to a Pakistani court in Lahore. (Source: REUTERS/File Photo)

In a big blow to 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the United States of America on Tuesday designated his political front, Milli Muslim League (MML), a foreign terrorist organisation, as per ANI. 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.

Besides, the US also designated seven members of the MML as foreign terrorists for acting on behalf of Lashkare-Taiba. A press statement released by the State Department dated April 2 says that the changes have been done to designate LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224. The designations accorded to the Pakistan-based organisations deny the resources it needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. READ: In Fact: Understanding the issues in Pakistan’s Hafiz Saeed problem

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