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Published On: Fri, Feb 9th, 2018

U.S. Treasury Department sanctions three for alleged links to Pakistan-based terror networks

nsnbc : The U.S. Treasury Department, on Wednesday, stated that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three individuals,  Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) for providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Pakistani military (archives)

Pakistani military (archives)

The Treasury Department stated that these three individuals were linked to Pakistan-based terror networks. According to the statement, all property and interests of the three were blocked and the department prohibited U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions with them.  Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said:

“Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organisations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia. We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other technological assistance to Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e Taiba, Taliban and other terrorist groups.”

Mandelker said the action was a part of the US administration’s broader “efforts to disrupt terrorist fundraising”. The US also called on “the Pakistani government and others in the South Asia region to work with Washington to deny sanctuary to these dangerous individuals” who acted on or behalf of US and UN-designated terrorist Shaykh Aminullah.

Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad (Rahman Zeb) allegedly provided financial, material or technological support to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a UN-designated terrorist organisation based in Pakistan.

Hizb Ullah Astam Khan (Hizb Ullah) reportedly previously worked for Shaykh Aminullah as an IED expert in Kunar province of Afghanistan, where he deployed IEDs targeting Afghan and coalition forces. Hizb Ullah was also involved with shipments of IED precursor chemicals supplied from Pakistan to Afghanistan for the Taliban and Jamaat-ul-Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ).

Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan (Dilawar) was reportedly responsible for handling Aminullah’s accommodations in Pakistan and relaying his messages. Dilawar also facilitated funds transfers, including international transactions, on behalf of Aminullah. The sanctions come against the backdrop of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new strategy for South Asia adopted in 2017.

CH/L – nsnbc 09.02.2018

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