Saudi Arabia, US to tackle fund raising for terrorism

Riyadh, April 1 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday joint actions with the US to tackle fund raising for and support of terrorism, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The two countries will sanction four individuals and two organisations.

The individuals sanctioned are: James Alexander McLintock, Abdul Aziz Nuristani, Naveed Qamar, and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash.
The targeted organisations are: Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation and Jamia Asariya Madrassa.

Saudi Arabia highlighted in a statement that any property or interest in property of these designated individuals and entities subject to US jurisdiction is frozen, according to Xinhua.

Saudi Arabia designated these individuals and entities under its Law of Terrorism Crimes and Financing. As a result of this action, any property or interest in property of these designated individuals and entities under Saudi jurisdiction is also frozen, and Saudi citizens are generally prohibited from doing business with them.

This isn’t the first action taken by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism that hit the country through various deadly blasts last year, but it is the first step implemented jointly with the US.

US, Saudi Arabia impose joint sanction on fundraising for terrorists (Lead)

Washington, April 1 (IANS) The US and Saudi Arabia on Thursday imposed sanctions jointly on four individuals and two organisations, aiming to disrupt terrorism fundraising operations in South Asia and the Middle East, according to the US Treasury Department.

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, Treasury said in a press release, adding that the other two people sanctioned are Naveed Qamar and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash, according to Xinhua.

The Treasury said these organisations and individuals provide money for Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and other Afghan extremist groups, and the sanctioned have ties across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

It also said that McLintock and his organisation have provided funding to extremists under the false guise of helping orphans.

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

“From terrorising local populations to exploiting charities and religious institutions, Al Qaeda, 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.

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