Washington: The US administration on Thursday imposed sanctions against three individuals, allegedly having connections with Pakistan-based terror outfits. The Trump administration also called on the Pakistani government to deny safe havens to precarious terrorists and organizations.
The trio has been designated as “global terrorists” by the US Department of Treasury for their association with terror networks like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Taliban. The step has been taken to obstruct South Asian terrorist support network, the Treasury said.
The trio includes Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan.
Consequently, all properties and interest in property of the individuals subject to US jurisdiction are impeded and US citizens are debarred from engaging in any kind of transactions with them.
“The Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
He said they were targeting operatives who provide logistical support, improvised explosive devices and other technical assistance to Al-Qaeda, LeT, Taliban and other terrorist groups.
“This is part of this administration’s broader efforts to disrupt terrorist fundraising, and we call on the Pakistani government and others in the region to work with us to deny sanctuary to these dangerous individuals and organizations,” Mandelker said.
Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammed was blacklisted for providing financial, material, or technological support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group based in Pakistan. He was a LeT operative, who for several years was responsible for collecting funds and running a network for LeT in the Gulf.
In early 2016, Zeb coordinated fund transfers with a Pakistan-based LeT facilitator. As of mid-2014, he was a long-standing contact of LeT members involved in Afghan operations and was also involved in business activities with a LeT commander responsible for the group’s operations in Afghanistan, the Treasury alleged.
Additionally, in mid-2014, Zeb facilitated travel for Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshwari (aka Shaykh Aminullah) from Pakistan to the Gulf.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had in July 2009 designated Aminullah for providing material support to Al-Qaeda, LeT and the Taliban. Hizb Ullah Astam Khan (Hizb Ullah) was designated for acting on behalf of Aminullah.
As of 2016, Hizb Ullah facilitated support for Aminullah and served as a financial officer of a Peshawar-based madrassa that was co-founded by the latter. As of early 2015, he provided assistance to Aminullah during latter’s travel in the Gulf. Hizb Ullah also facilitated Aminullah’s travel in 2013 to the Gulf.
He previously worked for Aminullah as an improvised explosive device (IED) expert in Kunar province in Afghanistan, where he deployed IEDs targeting Afghan and coalition forces. During that time, Hizb Ullah was involved with shipments of IED precursor chemicals supplied from Pakistan to Afghanistan for the US-designated terrorist groups, including the Taliban and Jama’at ul Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ), The Treasury alleged.
Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan (Dilawar) also was designated for acting for or on behalf of Aminullah. He acted as Aminullah’s assistant, responsible for handling his accommodations in Pakistan and relaying his messages. Dilawar has also facilitated funds transfers, including international transactions, on behalf of Aminullah. In 2014, he facilitated travel for Aminullah within Pakistan, as well as to the Gulf.
In 2013, Dilawar was one of the leaders of the Ganj Madrassa, which the OFAC designated in August 2013 for being controlled by Aminullah and for providing financial and material support to LeT and the Taliban, alleged the Treasury.