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US, Saudi sanction alleged fundraisers for al-Qaeda, Taliban

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Department of TreasuryThe United States and Saudi Arabia have jointly sanctioned four individuals and two organizations, alleged of fundraising for terrorism in South Asia and Middle East.

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that the sanctioned individuals and organizations have ties across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, adding that they provide money for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and other Afghan extremist groups.

The joint action targeted James Alexander McLintock and his Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation, Abdul Aziz Nuristani and his Pakistan-based Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash.

McLintock is accused of providing funds to extremists under the false guise of helping orphans.

The sanctions freeze any property they have within US jurisdiction and bans Americans from doing business with them.

“From terrorizing local populations to exploiting charities and religious institutions, al-Qaida, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba have a long history of inflicting violence on Americans and our allies throughout South Asia and the Middle East,” said Adam J. Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of Treasury.

“Today’s action marks yet another step in Treasury’s efforts to financially cripple terrorist financiers and demonstrates the United States’ and Saudi Arabia’s shared resolve to target those who support terrorism.”

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