US Sanctions Against Russia Include Pakistani Companies, Individuals
Ten out of Thirty-Two individuals and companies banned by US President Joe Biden for alleged involvement in Russia’s cybercrime are from Karachi and Lahore.
This was stated in the official statement of the United States.
On Thursday, Biden deported 10 Russian diplomats and banned about three dozen individuals and companies in response to interference in the 2020 presidential election and massive cyber hacking by US federal agencies.
A statement from the US Treasury Department on Friday identified individuals and companies, including Pakistanis.
They include Shehzad Ahmed alias Shehzad Amin from Lahore, who was prosecuted under the 2018 Executive Order, which imposes specific restrictions on foreign interference in US elections.
Syed Johar Hasnain of Karachi, Mohammad Khizar Hayat alias Hayat Jafari, Raza Mohsin alias Amiri, Mujtaba Ali Raza alias Lilani and Syed Ali Raza alias Zaidi were also accused of interfering in the US elections.
The statement said that all these people are working with various IT companies and also know each other.
One of the banned companies is Fresh Air Farmhouse in Karachi, which the US Treasury Department claims belongs to Raza Mohsin and Mujtaba Ali Raza.
Similarly, Company Like Wise, Shop No. 5, Jamshed Quarters, Karachi also belonged to Raza, Mohsin and Mujtaba Ali Raza.
The third company to be banned is MK Softtech, 631C, 6th Floor, Mashriq Center, Stadium Road, Karachi, and also belongs to Raza, Mohsin and Mujtaba Ali Raza.
US media reports say the second round of sanctions targeting President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more difficult and tougher than before.
Russia is accused of hacking into the networks of at least nine federal agencies in a Solar Winds cyberattack five months ago to gather US intelligence.
Russia has also been accused of trying to influence the 2020 presidential election, as it did in 2016, and of running a misinformation campaign to help Donald Trump.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
Last month, the United States imposed sanctions on seven Russian officials and more than a dozen government agencies for allegedly poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Biden vowed to “strongly” defend US national interests and suggested that the two countries meet with Vladimir Putin to work together.
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