Ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, the US administration has retained the Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) designation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba along with seven other outfits including Pakistan-based Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, a US State Department said in a statement.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba was first notified as a terror group by the United States back in December 2001.
The order comes ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting scheduled to be held next month that will look after the progress made by Pakistan to curb terror financing.
At the end of the last review in October, the FATF president Marcus Pleyer had cautioned that Pakistan could not take forever to deliver on its commitments. Pleyer had also warned that the repeated failure would result in Pakistan being put on the blacklist.
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In 2018, Pakistan was put on FATF’s grey list after the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog pointed out failing to control terror financing.
However, Islamabad is yet to take action as the Pakistani deep state continues to support terrorist activities in India and Afghanistan.
Recently, a Pakistani court sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to 15 years jail in a terror-financing case while another judge issued arrest warrants for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar. However, Pakistan has claimed that for years that he was not in Pakistan.