December 2001 News

LeT Vows To Carryon Anti-India Jehad; Pak ''freezes'' Assets

24 December 2001
The Pioneer

Islamabad: Islamabad on Monday claimed to have frozen the assets and bank accounts of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). Observers say, the move is aimed at placating the USA and nothing more. The Lashkar-e-Toiba, later in the day, said that ''it had decided to move its militant wing to Kashmir from Pakistan''. ''Lashkar-e-Toiba will continue its militant activities against the Indian Army in occupied Kashmir,'' leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed told a news conference in Karachi. The terrorist organisation will now be headed by Abdul Wahid after Saeed ''stepped down''. Wahid hails from Anantnag, he claimed. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Vijay Nambiar, meanwhile, said Pakistan Government''s decision didn''t meet India''s demand for a crackdown on the two outfits involved in the December 13 attack on Indian Parliament. ''It is not enough. We want the culprits to be brought to book,'' he said. He added the Indian Government has kept ''all its options open''. Four days after US President George W Bush took a similar action against LeT and an outfit having links with Al Qaeda, the Pakistan Central Bank issued instructions to all the banks to implement the decision against LeT and Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN) linked to Osama bin Laden''s Al Qaeda. UTN is an ''NGO'' floated by some retired Pakistan nuclear scientists which was allegedly helping bin Laden to acquire nuclear weapons.


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