US Designates 3 Pakistan-Based Men As ‘Global Terrorists’, Imposes Sanctions On Them

| February 8 , 2018 , 12:06 IST

The United States President Donald Trump administration on Wednesday increased its pressure on Pakistan to act against safe-havens for terrorists on its soil by imposing sanctions against 3 individuals linked to Pakistan-based terror networks. The move was taken to call on the Pakistani government to deny sanctuaries to “dangerous” individuals and organisations.

The US Department of Treasury has designated Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan as 'global terrorists' for their reported links with terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Taliban.

Due to the designation as 'global terrorists' all the property and interests in property of the 3 subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, as well as any transaction with any US citizen.

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"The Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organisations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Mandelker added that they were targeting operatives providing logistical support, improvised explosive devises and other technological assistance to Al-Qaeda, LeT, the Taliban and other militant groups.

“This is part of this administration’s broader efforts to disrupt terrorist fund raising, and we call on the Pakistani government and others in the region to work with us to deny sanctuary to these dangerous individuals and organisations,” the Treasury Under Secretary said.

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Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad (Rahman Zeb) was designated as a global terrorist for providing financial, material, or technological support and/or other services to/for Lashkar-e-Toiba which is a UN and US-designated terrorist organisation based in Pakistan. Rahman Zeb is a LeT operative responsible for collecting funds and running a network for the LeT in the Gulf and a long-standing contact of LeT members involved in Afghanistan operations, the Treasury alleged.

Hizb Ullah Astam Khan (Hizb Ullah)  and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan (Dilawar) were both designated for supporting and facilitating terrorist activities of Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshwari (aka Shaykh Aminullah). Aminullah had previously been designated as a global terrorist in July 2009 for providing material support to the Al-Qaeda, LeT and the Taliban. Hizb Ullah allegedly acted as a financial officer and improvised explosive device (IED) expert for Aminullah. Meanwhile, Dilawar acted as Aminullah's assistant, responsible for relaying his messages, and managing his travel and accommodations.