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US designates 3 Pakistanis as key 'terrorist facilitators'

AFP

WASHINGTON, DC -- The US Treasury Department Wednesday (February 7) named three Pakistanis as key "terrorist facilitators", saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah.

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of "Specially Designated Global Terrorists," as part of a broader effort to disrupt terror financing.

The move bans US persons from engaging in transactions with them and blocks their property and interests in the United States.

All three were tied to Aminullah, who has been on international terror blacklists since 2009, according to an OFAC statement.

US officials allege that Aminullah turned the Ganj madrassa, a boys school in Peshawar, into a training and recruiting base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban and LeT.

The three men were involved in providing financial and logistical support, explosives and technological aid to the three Pakistan- and Afghanistan-based extremist groups, the statement said.

Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, it said, has been in charge of raising funds and materials for LeT in the Gulf region, and helped Aminullah travel to the Gulf in 2014.

Hizb Ullah Astam Khan was involved in Aminullah's madrassa and helped him on various trips to the Gulf.

Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, meanwhile, was a close assistant to Aminullah, arranging his travel around Pakistan and handling his correspondence and financial transactions.

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