WASHINGTON | Thu Dec 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Treasury Department on Thursday named three Pakistanis that it said were acting on behalf of terrorist organizations and banned Americans from any dealings with them.
Treasury said Amanullah Afridi and Mati ur-Rehman were supporters of Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LJ), and said Abdul Rauf Axhar was acting on behalf of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM).
Treasury described LJ and JEM as "Pakistan-based terrorist organizations." It said LJ was responsible for the 2002 kidnapping and murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl among other acts and said JEM has conducted attacks in India and Afghanistan.
In addition to banning Americans from dealing with the three, Treasury said that any assets they have that fall under U.S. jurisdiction will be frozen.
"All three of today's targets are actively involved in leading or planning operations on behalf of these dangerous terrorist organizations," said Stuart Levey, Treasury's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
(Reporting by Glenn Somerville; Editing by Stacey Joyce)