President Bush Adds Two Pakistani Groups to List of Terrorists For Blocking Funds

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Friday, February 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On December 20, President George Bush announced that two Pakistani groups had been added to the list of terrorist groups whose financial assets must be blocked . Both groups, Lashkar R-Tayyiba (LAT) and Umma Tameer-E-Nau, are allegedly involved in terrorist acts against Pakistan. Although U.S. officials have linked LAT to Al Qaeda, President Bush?s announcement was the first time the U.S. has put it on the list of terrorist organizations. Elements of the Pakistani Army, including the Inter-Services Intelligence branch, have supported LAT. It is one of more than a dozen insurgent organizations fighting India in Kashmir, which seeks independence of a merger with Pakistan. U.S. Treasury Department officials also linked UTN to two other purported charitable groups on the U.S. terrorist list due to their support for Al Qaeda-the Wafa Humanitarian Organization and Al Rashid Trust. In November 2001, workers from the UTN offices in Kabul fled with the Taliban. Searches of their officers turned up documents showing a plan to kidnap a U.S. attache and revealing basic nuclear physics related to nuclear weapons.