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Banned Pakistani Group's Student Wing Protests US Terror Tag

  • Associated Press

Pakistani students affiliated with a Pakistani religious party shout anti-American slogans at a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Dec. 30, 2016.

Dozens of activists from a student wing of the banned anti-India Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group have rallied in Islamabad to condemn a recent U.S. ban on their organization.

The protest comes two days after the U.S. State Department designated the Al-Muhammadia Students wing a terrorist organization.

At the Friday protest, Hafzala Ahmed, an Al-Muhammadia Students activist, said that they are being maligned by Washington to appease India. He said they are not linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was founded by Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed. India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people.

Pakistan has banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, but Saeed still operates openly in the country.

He often addresses rallies against India on the issue of Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and India and claimed by both.