NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QE.L.97.03. LAJNAT AL DAAWA AL ISLAMIYA (LDI)
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 23 November 2009
Lajnat al Daawa al Islamiya (LDI) was listed on 20 February 2003 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1390 (2002) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf, or in support of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QE.L.11.01).
Lajnat al Daawa al Islamiya (LDI) was one of the most active non-governmental organizations involved in providing logistical and financial support to Al-Qaida-related fighters operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area in the 1990s.
In the mid-1990s, the Islamabad branch of LDI was in contact with Khalid Abd al-Rahman Hamd al-Fawaz (QI.A.59.02), the representative of Usama bin Laden in London who was arrested in 1998 for his involvement in the bombings of the Embassies of the United States of America in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
In October 2000, at a meeting in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with Mullah Mohammed Omar (TI.O.4.01) and collaborators of Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), LDI representatives promised to provide logistical support, in particular vehicles and travel documents, to Al-Qaida volunteers who wished to leave Afghanistan.
Several employees of LDI in Peshawar belonged to Al-Qaida, including Ramzi Youssef, arrested in 1995 for his role in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Khaled Sheikh Mohamed, considered to be one of the most important operational officers of Al-Qaida, was head of the Peshawar branch of LDI from 1988 to 1995.
LDI has also acted as a financial conduit for Usama bin Laden and Al-Qaida, moving sums of money up to 400,000 USD. In 1995, LDI contributed to the financing of Al-Qaida-affiliated training camps near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and Peshawar, Pakistan.
In 2001, LDI raised funds for Al-Qaida-related fighters in Chechnya. During the same year, LDI provided financial support to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QE.L.11.01) by sending it several thousand Euros per month.
A representative of LDI participated in discussions to relocate Usama bin Laden to a safe base following the attacks of September 2001.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QE.L.11.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Mohammed Omar (TI.O.4.01), listed on 31 January 2001
Usama Muhammed Awad bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Khalid Abd al-Rahman Hamd al-Fawaz (QI.A.59.02), listed on 24 April 2002