WASHINGTON May 27 The United States is freezing the assets of four prominent members of a militant Pakistan-based group with links to al Qaeda, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday .
The four are leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an al Qaeda affiliate that has staged attacks on the Indian military and civilians since 1993, the department said. The State Department designated it a foreign terrorist organization in 2001.
The group's "transnational nature makes it crucial for governments worldwide to do all they can to stifle LeT's fund-raising and operations," said Stuart Levey, Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
Any assets these men have under U.S. jurisdiction will be frozen, and Americans will be prohibited from doing business with them, Treasury said.
The four included Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, described by Treasury as the LeT chief who has played a major role in the the organization's operational and fund-raising activities.
It named the others as Pakistan-born Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chief of operations, Haji Muhammad Ashraf, the chief of finance, and India-born Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, described as the main LeT financier in the 1980s and 1990s. (Reporting by Nancy Waitz; Editing by David Storey)