US designates Pak Tal­iban head global ter­ror­ist

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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.

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