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US slaps sanctions against HuM leader

The US slapped sanctions against three Pakistani citizens including Fazal-ur-Rehman Khalil, the leader of Harkat ul-Mujahadeen, who have been accused of  involved in a series of attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

In a statement, the treasury department said it has placed sanctions on Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil, a founder of Harkat ul-Mujahadeen, or HUM, which was listed by the US state department in 1997 as a foreign terror organisation.

According to the statement the HUM group operates throughout India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2013, the group renamed itself Ansar al-Umma. The US state department amended its listing of HUM this year to include the new name.

The statement said that Khalil has been involved in directing the terror group’s affairs and maintained control over its financial decisions in his capacity as leader.

He kept a close relationship with Al Qaeda, including with its chief Osama bin Laden until his death, it added.

The treasury also placed sanctions on Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh for acting on behalf of, and for providing financial support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Naeem has been a member of LeT since its early days, and he has been responsible for soliciting wealthy businessmen to fund the group, the statement said. Umair has been one of the LeT’s “most significant financial supporters”, treasury said, saying he has served as a financial courier to the head of its Afghanistan operations.

It also targeted their companies, Abdul Hameed Shahab-Ud-Din and Nia International, with sanctions. The treasury action freezes their assets in any US jurisdiction and bans US citizens from doing business with them.