Harakat-ul Jihad al-Islami declared a terrorist group

The United States and the United Nations Friday designated Harakat-ul Jihad al-Islami as a foreign terror group and blacklisted its commander, the US Treasury Department said.

Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, who the United States labeled a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” will have any of his assets in US jurisdiction frozen, and the listing will also “prohibit US persons from engaging in any transactions with him.”

In New York, a UN Security Council panel confirmed that Harakat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HUJI) and Kashmiri were being added to its blacklist of individuals and entities linked to the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

As the militant group’s leader, US officials said 46-year-old Kashmiri “provides support to Al-Qaeda operations, including logistical support for Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks,” the Treasury Department said in detailing deadly assaults on Pakistani government personnel and facilities.

“In acting together, the United States and United Nations are today taking another important step in combating the threat that Al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations pose to innocent people around theworld,” said Stuart Levey, the US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

State Department counterterrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin added that Friday’s actions illustrate the global community’s resolve to counter the threat posed by Kashmiri and his group.

“The linkages between HUJI and Al-Qaeda are clear, and today’s designations convey the operational relationship between these organizations,” Benjamin said.