Washington: Updating its list for specially designated nationals (SDN), the US Treasury Department added three key Pakistanis to the notorious list, including Fazlur Rehman Khalil, the founder of Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen.
Two other Pakistanis sanctioned by the US Treasury Department are Muhammad Naeem Sheikh with links to Lashkar-e-Toiba and Umair Naeem Sheikh linked to the group Abdul Hameed Shahabuddin.
Abdul Hameed Shahabuddin, as an entity too, has been sanctioned.
Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen (HAR-ah-kat uhl-MOO-hah-deen), whose founder has been added to the SDN list, operates throughout India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and maintains terrorist training camps in eastern Afghanistan.
Accoding to reports, Muhammad Naeem Sheikh was allegedly working to provide financial support to Lashkar-e-Toiba, a well-organized group based in Pakistan's Punjab province that is suspected of having historical ties to Pakistani intelligence.
The action freezes any assets they might have in any US jurisdiction and bans US citizens from doing business with them.
David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, says both groups are violent terrorist organizations that train militants and support extremist groups, including al-Qaida.
With Agency Inputs