US designates six individuals as global terrorist

Continuing its stride against terrorism, the Trump administration has designated six individuals as global terrorists who were accused of supporting the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan and having their links to Pakistan.

The black listed individual include senior members of the former Taliban government in Afghanistan, including former central bank governor Abdul Samad Sani.

The designated terrorist were accused of providing financial assistance and weapons for militants involved in attacks on US-led coalition forces.

Senior Treasury Department official Sigal Mandelker on Thursday said that the sanctions were inline with the President Donald Trump’s strategy in South Asia of weakening “terrorist” organisations and publicly exposing the individuals involved with them.

Those blacklisted will not be able to hold property in US and the Americans are prohibited from dealing with them, Mr Mandelker added.

The US policy is intended to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. In recent times, the US military’s help to Afghan government forces have increased and Pakistan was being forced to cooperate with US.

“The Pakistani government must work with us to deny the Taliban and the Haqqani network sanctuary and to aggressively target their terrorist fundraising,” Mandelker said.

Pakistan contends that time and again it had taken steps to counter terrorism and that most leaders of the Haqqani network have fled to Afghanistan.

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