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US declares 3 Pakistanis as global terrorists over Al Qaeda, Taliban links

All three were tied to Aminullah, who was put on international terror blacklists in 2009

IANS  |  Washington 

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The US has designated three Pakistanis as key "terrorist facilitators" for providing logistical support, improvised explosive devices and technological assistance to Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban, as well as for working closely with Shaykh Aminullah, a well-known backer of the three terror groups.

The US Department of Treasury in a press release on Wednesday named Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists" (SDGTs) as part of the US administration's broader efforts to disrupt terrorist fundraising.

All three were tied to Aminullah, who was put on terror blacklists in 2009.

According to US officials, had turned Ganj madrasa in Peshawar into a training and hiring base for the LeT, and

"All property and interests in property of these persons subject to the US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them," the Treasury Department said.

"We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices, and other technological assistance to Al Qaeda, LeT, the and other Afghanistan-based terrorist groups," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The Department called on the Pakistani government and in the region "to work with us to deny sanctuary to these dangerous individuals and organizations".

Rahman Zeb, an operative, had been responsible for collecting funds and running a network for the in the Gulf.

In mid-2014, he helped travel from Pakistan to the Gulf.

Hizb Ullah served as a financial official of a Peshawar-based madrasa that was co-founded by He also provided assistance to for Gulf travel.

Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan acted as Aminullah's assistant and handled his accommodations in Pakistan.

He facilitated funds transfers, including transactions, on behalf of

First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 17:27 IST
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