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US designates Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mehsud as global terrorist

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Mehsud was designated as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US Division of State on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults. (Representational)

The US has slapped sanctions on the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Noor Wali Mehsud and designated him as a worldwide terrorist, because the Trump administration unveiled new instruments to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters globally.

Mehsud was designated as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US Division of State on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults.

Mehsud took over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in June 2018 following the demise of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan.

“Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah,” based on a State Division assertion.

“Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan,” it stated.

The US actions search to disclaim these terrorists the sources to plan and perform assaults. All of their property and pursuits in property topic to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US individuals are usually prohibited from partaking in any transactions with them, the assertion stated.

Apparently, Mehsud’s designation got here on the identical day India described Pakistan because the “epicentre” of worldwide terrorism.

Whereas countering Pakistan’s offensive in opposition to India on the Kashmir problem on the 42nd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Secretary (East) within the Exterior Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh stated “the world is aware that this fabricated narrative comes from the epicentre of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years. This nation conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of ‘alternate diplomacy’.”

Since its institution in 2007, the TTP has remained a potent menace and essentially the most harmful Islamist terrorist organisation in Pakistan. The TTP has been concerned in additional than 1,400 terrorist assaults in Pakistan during the last 12 years.

The revitalised TTP beneath Mehsud seems to have grown deadlier than it has been in recent times and will doubtlessly usher in some adjustments to the present jihadist panorama of Pakistan, based on an article revealed by the Jamestown Basis, Washington-based institute for analysis and evaluation, in May.

Mehsud is amongst 12 Specifically Designated World Terrorist (SDGT) leaders of beforehand designated teams together with TTP, Hizbullah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic State (IS), IS-Philippines, ISIS-West Africa and an al Qaeda affiliated group preventing in Syria.

President Donald Trump signed an government order on Tuesday on ‘modernising and strengthening sanctions authorities to combat terrorism.’ “Today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to US counterterrorism efforts,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated throughout a briefing to reporters on the White Home.

He stated Trump’s motion amends an earlier government order that former President George W. Bush initially signed after the 9/11 assaults by including clauses to let the State and Treasury departments straight goal leaders of suspected terror teams and their associates “without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts.”

Pompeo stated the order additionally extra successfully targets people and teams taking part in terrorist coaching and offers new authorities to impose sanctions on international monetary establishments that knowingly do enterprise with suspected terrorists.

Commenting on the order signed by Trump, US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin stated, “These new instruments help our unrelenting efforts to chop off terrorists from their sources of assist and deprive them of the funds required to hold out their harmful actions.

“They serve as a powerful deterrent to radical terror groups and those seeking to aid their nefarious goals,” he added.

“Terrorist designations expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and deny them access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and other governments,” the state division stated in a press launch.

All property and pursuits in property of the targets which can be in america or within the possession or management of US individuals can be blocked and reported to the US Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management (OFAC).

“OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons,” defined US Treasury Division in an announcement.

“In addition, persons that engage in certain transactions with the individual designated today may themselves be exposed to sanctions or subject to enforcement action,” it stated.

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