US freezes assets of 3 Pakistanis linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba

Washington: The US on Tuesday froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists”, saying he was a senior commander of the group.

The US Treasury targeted Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, who it said were responsible for funnelling money to LeT and paying salaries to its members. “Treasury’s designations not only aim to expose and shut down LeT’s financial network, but also to curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out terror attacks,” Sigal Mandelker from the body said.

The designation means all property belonging to the men subject to US jurisdiction are blocked and Americans are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. LeT, or Army of the Pure, is an anti-Indian militant group with historical ties to Pakistan’s top spy agencies. It has been accused of orchestrating numerous attacks, including the 2008 assault in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

LeT chief on list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist

The US designated LeT commander Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil, who till recently was LeT’s divisional commander for the Jammu region, as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’. A longtime member of the US designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) and LeT, Dakhil was an operational leader for LeT’s attacks in India between 1997 and 2001.

IMF warned against bailout package for Pakistan

The US cautioned the IMF against a possible fresh bailout for Pakistan’s new government to pay off Chinese lenders who have invested in the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Pakistan had planned to draw up a plan to seek a massive $12 billion bailout package from the IMF.

Unselected H-1B petitions returned: US

  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services said that it has returned all the petitions of H1-B visas, around 94,213 visas, for the fiscal year 2019, popular among Indian IT professionals, that were not selected in the computer-generated lottery system in April.
  • The H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.