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US designates BLA as a terrorist entity

3 Jul 2019 - 07:40
3 Jul 2019 - 07:40

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The United States gas designated the Pakistan-based Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist organization.

The designation by the State Department on Tuesday makes it a crime for anyone in the US to assist the outfit, which has long been active in Balochistan province and elsewhere in Pakistan.

The Department of Treasury announced freezing all BLA assets in the United States and barring American citizens across the globe from having any financial dealings with the entity.

Meanwhile, Pakistan hailed the US decision as a big diplomatic achievement for the country. The designation would help ensure that BLA’s space to operate is minimised.

“It is important that the perpetrators, organisers, financers and external sponsors, including those glorifying these acts of terror against Pakistan, are brought to justice,” the Foreign Office said.

A notification by the US Treasury Department identified the BLA as a militant organisation based in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The BLA is already listed as a terrorist organisation in Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The BLA is among 50 militant groups that are not allowed to operate in Pakistan.

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