US blacklists Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation

The Obama administration says it has added a Pakistani charity affiliated with an al-Qaeda-linked terror group to its terrorism blacklist.

US State Department claimed on Wednesday that Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FeF), which has provided humanitarian assistance to Pakistanis displaced by recent floods and military measures, is believed to be a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group.

The Pakistan-based LeT has been linked to numerous attacks in India, including the 3-day deadly assault on Mumbai, India, in November 2008 that killed at least 166 civilians. Nine of the ten terrorists involved in the incident were killed. The tenth suspect was captured and remains in Indian custody.

The placement on the terrorism blacklist would freeze any assets of the FeF leader, Hafiz Abdur Rauf, and two of its top men, Mian Abdullah and Mohammad Naushad Alam Khan, in the US. Additionally, it would bar the individuals from traveling to the United States, Reuters quoted Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, as saying.

He further asserted that “LeT has attempted to use FeF as a way to evade scrutiny.”

Falah-e-Insaniyat is a name used in public by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), initially set up as the humanitarian wing of the Pakistan-based LeT. It was blacklisted by the United Nations following the Mumbai attack. JuD is also banned in Pakistan, but denies that it still maintains links to LeT.