Disassociating itself from banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has said that it had no link with the proscribed outfit.
It issued a press note hours after the United States announced that it was freezing the assets of LeT and its eight leaders may have in the US and prohibiting the US citizens and officials from engaging in any business with these individuals.
While speaking to the media, JuD leader Amir Hamza described the American decision as an attempt to defame the JuD leadership.
He observed, “The LeT is an occupied Kashmir-based religious organization, which has been struggling to help Kashmiris get freedom from India and we have no link with the LeT”.
He further said that the US action place JuD leaders’ names on the list of specially designated persons with link to terrorism was absolutely wrong and baseless.
JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed also rejected sanctions placed by the US Treasury on the eight members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) saying that the outfit will carry out processions against the decision.
Hafiz Saeed while speaking to the media said that placing sanctions on LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa was a routine practice of the United States and it would not hurt the working of the outfit.
He noted, “Those who were placed on the list have never visited United States and the sanctions were imposed in order to pressurize Pakistan”.
Earlier, the US Treasury placed sanctions on eight Pakistanis it called leaders of the LeT, one of them allegedly a key planner for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
In a statement the US Treasury said, “The individuals targeted today include LeT members based in Pakistan who are involved in the outfit’s propaganda campaigns, financial networks, and logistic support networks”.
The sanctions forbid US individuals and companies from undertaking any transactions with the eight and freeze any assets they may have in the United States.
The eight included Sajid Mir, Abdullah Mujahid, Ahmed Yaqub, Hafiz Khalid Walid, Amir Hamza, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Abdullah Muntazir and Talha Saeed.