U.S. levies sanctions on LeJ leaderFebruary 21, 2014
Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi co-founder and leader Malik Ishaq has been blacklisted by the U.S. State Department. The move prohibits Americans from activities such as doing business with, maintaining bank accounts for, and wiring money to or making donations to Ishaq. LeJ was already under U.S. sanctions which have been renewed.
The Pakistani newspaper The News reports that Ishaq’s family received a monthly stipend from the government of Punjab while he was previously on trial for the murders of more than 100 people. Such a stipend is reminiscent of rewards and pensions paid by the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists. Ishaq is reportedly in jail again, but this time on hate speech charges.
The Long War Journal describes LeJ as an “anti-Shia terror group that has integrated with al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has an extensive network in Pakistan and its members often serve as al Qaeda’s muscle for terror attacks.”
LeJ receives funding from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries.