India welcomes US decision to designate LeT commander Dakhil as ‘global terrorist’

India on Wednesday welcomed the US Department of State decision to designate Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil and others as  Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDTG) and said the announcement vindicates New Delhi’s stand that terrorist groups and individuals operate with impunity in Pakistan.

“The announcement vindicates India’s consistent stand that internationally designated terrorist  groups and individuals, including LeT and it’s front, Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation continue to  operate from and raise financial resources with impunity in Pakistan,” MEA spokesman said here in response to a question.

The spokesman further said the terror groups and individuals use territories under Pakistani control “for carrying out cross-border terrorism in India and elsewhere in South Asia”.

“The latest designations also call into question Pakistan’s sincerity in taking effective action against such terrorist elements,” he said.

The spokesman said: “India welcomes the announcements made yesterday by the US Departments of State and Treasury in which three Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorists and terror financiers have been named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDTG)”.

In a major counter terrorism action, prominent LeT terrorist and a former commander in Jammu and Kashmir region Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil was on Tuesday designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) by the United States.

The list under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 of the United States imposes sanctions on “foreign persons, who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism”.

Dakhil, a long-time member of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), was an operational leader for the various attacks carried out in India between 1997 and 2001. In 2004, Dakhil was captured in Iraq by British forces and held in the US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On transfer to Pakistan in 2014, he was later released from Pakistani custody and is again reported to be ‘active’ in his operational works.

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