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US designates LeT, JeM as terrorist organisations

US designates LeT, JeM as terrorist organisations

Author: PTI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: November 3, 2001

Washington, Nov. 3. (PTI): Fulfilling India's long-standing demand days before Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit, the US banned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad by designating them as "foreign terrorist organisations", to further the current campaign against global terrorism.

Secretary of State Colin Powell accepted a recommendation by Attorney General John Ashcroft to designate 46 groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as "foreign terrorist organisations" yesterday.

The LTTE, which is waging a war in Sri Lanka for a separate homeland for Tamils, is also among the outfits that have been designated as foreign terrorist organisations.

"The terrorist groups designated by the Secretary as foreign terrorist organisations maintain networks around the world and use these networks to facilitate deliberate acts of violence against innocent persons to further their nefarious designs," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

Indian Ambassador Lalit Mansingh welcomed the decision which could be seen as a stinging rebuttal of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that the terrorists active in Kashmir were "indigenous freedom fighters."

The US does not employ the term "ban" but the action carries the same legal consequences as a ban.

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