US sanctions 6 Taliban and Haqqani network financiers and facilitators

Afghan Taliban in PakistanKABUL: The United States Department of Treasury on Thursday announced that six individuals supporting the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network have been designated as Special Designated Global Terrorists in a bid to expose and disrupt the financing of the group.

Four of the individuals – Abdul Samad Sani, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer, Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai, and Maulawi Inayatullah – were designated for acting on behalf of the Taliban, while the remaining two – Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi – were sanctioned for acting on behalf of the Haqqani Network, the Department of Treasury said in a statement.

The statement further added “As a result of today’s designations, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”

“We are targeting six individuals related to the Taliban or Haqqani Network who have been involved in attacks on Coalition troops, smuggling of individuals, or financing these terrorist groups,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Mandelker further added “This action supports the President’s South Asia Strategy by disrupting these terrorist organizations and publicly exposing individuals who facilitate their activities. The Pakistani government must work with us to deny the Taliban and the Haqqani Network sanctuary and to aggressively target their terrorist fundraising.” -KP

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