US designates Pak Taliban head global terrorist
Wali Mehsud, chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has been designated a global terrorist by the US, which has also slapped sanctions on him.
Mehsud took over TTP after the death of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan last year. Under him, TTP has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Pakistan, the US said on Tuesday, the same day India called Pakistan the “epicenter” of global terrorism. Eleven others too were added to the global terrorists list. P 16
Washington/Islamabad: The US has slapped sanctions on the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Noor Wali Mehsud and designated him as a global terrorist, as the Trump administration unveiled new tools to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters globally.
Mehsud was designated as a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ by the US department of state on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Mehsud took over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan.
“Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of TTP in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah,” a state department statement said. “Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan,” it said.
Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday on ‘modernising and strengthening sanctions authorities to combat terrorism.’ The US action seeks to deny terrorists the resources to plan and carry out attacks. All of their property
and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them, the statement said.
Interestingly, Mehsud’s designation came on the same day India described Pakistan as the “epicentre” of global terrorism. While countering Pakistan’s offensive against India on the Kashmir issue at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, secretary (East) in India’s external affairs ministry Vijay Thakur Singh said “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 establishment in 2007, the TTP has remained a potent threat and the most dangerous Islamist terrorist organisation in Pakistan. The TTP has been involved in more than 1,400 terrorist attacks in Pakistan over the last 12 years.
Mehsud is among 12 specially designated global terroristleaders of previously designated groups including TTP, Hizbullah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic State terror group (IS), IS-Philippines, IS-West Africa and an al Qaeda affiliated group fighting in Syria.