Thursday, 15 September 2011

US declares Indian Mujahideen a Foreign Terrorist Organisation

A US State Department press release, designating the Indian Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, is pasted below

Terrorist Designations of the Indian Mujahideen

Today, the Secretary of State designated the Indian Mujahideen (IM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. An India-based terrorist group with significant links to Pakistan, IM is responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians. IM maintains close ties to other U.S.- designated terrorist entities including Pakistan-based Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) and Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HUJI). IM’s stated goal is to carry out terrorist actions against non-Muslims in furtherance of its ultimate objective – an Islamic Caliphate across South Asia.


IM’s primary method of attack is multiple coordinated bombings in crowded areas against economic and civilian targets to maximize terror and casualties. In 2010, IM carried out the bombing of a popular German bakery in Pune, India frequented by tourists, killing 17 and
injuring over 60 people. In 2008, an IM attack in Delhi killed 30 people. Also in 2008, IM was responsible for 16 synchronized bomb blasts in crowded urban centers and a local hospital that killed 38 and injured more than 100 in Ahmedabad. IM also played a facilitative role in the 2008 Mumbai attack carried out by LeT that killed 163 people, including six Americans.


“These designations highlight the threat posed by IM not only to Western interests, but to India, a close U.S. partner. The Indian populace has borne the brunt of IM’s wanton violence and today’s actions illustrate our solidarity with the Indian Government,” stated Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

These designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to abandon terrorism.

The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against knowingly providing material support or resources to, or engaging in other transactions with, the Indian Mujahideen, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Department of Treasury.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why dont you guys merge and run one blog

Anonymous said...

Well done US. Now include world's largest terrorist org in your list, ISI.

Mr. Ra said...

A truly commendable act on the part of US.

mauriyaII said...

All Mujahideen organizations that call for war as HOLY and to protect the sancity of religion should be declared as TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS.

All entities such as the ISI that actively promote, arm and provide intelligence and logistics should not only be branded as rogue establishments even if it is an integral arm of a nation but all effort should be taken to see that it is dismantled. ISI actively promotes global terrorism and the US is well aware of this fact. When the US condones and at times connives with it, what is the point in just declaring IM as a FTO.

The US and its allies should use everything in their power to cut off the hydra head of the ISI and put a stop to global terrorism.

Chandan said...

@ Any 23:42...

Yarr agar yeh do alag alag rahenge to Lockheed martin aur BOEING ki tarah kam karenge ...competitive ..aur agar merge ho gaye to AIR INDIA wala hal ho jayega ..Zero competion leading to who cares attitude ..you decide !!!

Heberian said...

Well well well.

The IM has now got its first aspiration... recognition. Terrorists succeed when they are recognized for what they do. That's when it becomes easier for them to recruit and grow. As for freezing assets, the ISI has great experience in the multiple avatars of JEM and others and how to have a public face and how to ensure that all financial and other transactions are done via organizations many times removed.

So, set 1 for the IM, the Great Satan has recognized them!!

Anonymous said...

This is 1300 years old war of expansion....you are calling them terrorist now, after they claimed half of our country (read as Pakistan & Bangladesh). Secularism can only exist if all practice (means everybody including islamic countries)and funds, men, material and strategy used generously to expand Islamic civilization through violence ceases for all eternity. Problem at hand will not get solved by even putting full stop to such activities by Pakistan. This is for entire Islamic Umah to ponder and decide. China, Japan and Korea are really blessed they have never been troubled by expansionist islamist ever in past and today too they are far away from islamic influence....thus they have progressed and they practice indigenous culture.

Mr. Ra said...

Can there be a possibility that Pakistan itself gets de-recognized by one and all for once and forever.

BTW, till then if USA declares ISI as terrorist agency, then India should purchase 50 F-18 without concern for cismoa which may be developed with the help of Israel.