Bush Targets Lashkar-e-Taiba
- Bush Targets Lashkar-e-Taiba
December 20, 2001 05:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush moved Thursday to cut
financing for a Kashmiri separatist group India accuses of
attacking its parliament and for a Pakistani organization
he said gave nuclear information to al Qaeda.
Taking major action against a Kashmir separatist group for
the first time in the anti-terror effort, Bush acted to
block the assets of Lashkar-e-Taiba, also known as Army
of the Righteous.
India has named Lashkar-e-Taiba as one of two groups
responsible for a raid on parliament last week in which
14 people including five assailants died.
Bush did not repeat this accusation, but the White House said the
group has been responsible for numerous attacks against Indian
troops and civilians since 1993.
"LET is a stateless sponsor of terrorism, and it hopes to destroy
relations between Pakistan and India and undermine Pakistani's
president, (Pervez) Musharraf. To achieve its purpose, LET has
committed acts of terrorism inside both India and Pakistan,"
The Al-Qaeda group known as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LET) (Army of
the Righteous). is the armed wing of the Pakistan-based
religious organisation, Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (MDI)
- a Sunni anti-US missionary organisation formed in 1989.
One of the three largest and best-trained groups fighting
in Kashmir against India.
They have a web page: http://www.markazdawa.org/
hosted on a server in Singapore. The company is owned by
'Brain Computer Services' of Pakistan.
The domain markazdawa.org is owned by the Taliban.
Actually, The Department of Super Computing and Defence
Automation at Qandooz, Qabul 89097 Afganistan.
Certainly, this address was one of the first targets
in the war and it no longer exists.
However, this web site has been updated daily since the
beginning of the war. Mosques around the world are
instructed to daily post this information to keep
their congregations abreast of the war against the
Americans and British.
-- Johnathan Galt,