United States on Thursday continued to mount pressure on Pakistan. The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions against three individuals allegedly linked to Pakistan-based terror networks as it called on the Pakistani government to deny sanctuaries to "dangerous" individuals and organisations.
The US Department of Treasury designated the trio as "global terrorists" for their links to terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and The Taliban. The three include Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan.
“Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia. We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices, and other technological assistance to Al-Qa’ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, the Taliban, and other terrorist groups,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
“This is part of this Administration’s broader efforts to disrupt terrorist fundraising, and we call on the Pakistani government and others in the region to work with us to deny sanctuary to these dangerous individuals and organizations.”
As a result of the designation, all property and interests in property of the trio subject to US jurisdiction are blocked and the US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad (Rahman Zeb) was designated for providing financial, material, or technological support for, or other services to or in support of LeT, a UN and the US designated terrorist organisation based in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, a bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives to end non-defence aid to Pakistan as it "provides military aid and intelligence" to terrorists.
(With inputs from PTI)