US freezes assets of Pakistanis linked to militant group blamed for 2008 attacks in India

Washington has frozen the assets of three Pakistanis who it has linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists,” saying he was a senior commander of the group. The US Treasury also targeted Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, who it said were responsible for funneling money to Lashkar-e-Taiba and paying salaries to its members, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The Treasury’s designations “not only aim to expose and shut down Lashkar-e Tayyiba’s financial network, but also to curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out violent terrorist attacks,” Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, stated, using an alternate spelling of the group’s name.