Treasury sanctions terror facilitators in Pakistan
The Treasury Department announced the sanctions in a statement on Wednesday.
October 17th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Treasury sanctions terror facilitators in Pakistan

By Jamie Crawford

The United States imposed sanctions on three men who allegedly facilitated Taliban operations and helped another group deemed a terrorist organization, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

One of the men was linked to the failed car bomb attack on New York's Times Square in 2010, Treasury said.

The three, all based in Pakistan, were each were targeted for allegedly providing material, logistical, or financial support to a separate group: the Taliban in Afghanistan, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

"Today's actions are intended to disrupt the activities of three individuals working to carry out violent attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan that threaten the lives of civilians and military forces," Davis Cohen, Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

Treasury froze any American-based assets and prohibited any U.S. persons from doing business with them.

Mulawi Adam Khan Achekzai, a known manufacturer and facilitator of improvised explosive devices, was also involved in the production suicide vests for the Taliban, Treasury said.

As a military commander for the Taliban, Adam allegedly trained about 150 roadside bomb makers in support of the Taliban and coordinated the procurement activities of the Taliban in the past. He also has filled other leadership roles for the group in Afghanistan, Treasury said.

Aamir Ali Chaudhry served as an electronics and explosives expert for the Pakistani Taliban, Treasury said.

That organization has claimed responsibility for the recent shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who advocated for educating girls.

Treasury alleged that Chaudhry advised a Taliban facilitator on fertilizer used in the failed bombing of New York's Times Square and was involved in plots to launch a rocket attack against the Pakistani parliament and to detonate an explosive on a plane.

Qari Ayyub Bashir, who is identified by Treasury as the head of finance for Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, allegedly coordinated financial support for the group's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan through his sources in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe.

"As these designations demonstrate, we will continue to work to dismantle the terrorist support networks operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, paying special attention to those involved in the manufacture of IEDs," Cohen said.

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  4. Zane-Buckhead-USA

    India is a bully and a trouble maker in that region. It has kept the neighbors behind due constant bickerings. India has always lived in the shadow of Pakistan and has been forever defined by Pakistan. Unfortunately, India had a chance at leadership and blew it. Pakistan has now taken over the reins and is running with it. Much to the chagrin of Indians. So be it. Destiny has dealt its hands and India is about to fold.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply

    PAKISTAN !!!!

    Since Sep 11, 2001, over 200,000 Pakistani civilians, armed forces personnel have either sacrificed their lives or wounded; more than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost over
    US $ 1 Trillion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    No other country has even come close to selflessly sacrificing so much.

    Pakistan, no one can ever repay you enough for your contributions.
    You deserve a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for your contributions to world peace and emergence of a new world order. We welcome your rise as the new regional military power. God Speed.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
  6. krm1007 ©™

    It is time we American recognize Pakistan the best ally of US's war on terror. Pakistan has killed several foreign born Saudis, Yemenis, Uzbek, Tazbek, Chechen, African terrorist fighters and buried them in deep unmarked graves or mass graves. Osama was hidden in Pakistan because that is how Bush wanted. Pakistan can get rid of these Taliban sc ums from face of the Earth in just two weeks, if CIA okays it.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Colby H

      It seems that the real @ krm1007 ©™ has gotten under the skin of some elements aligned with Neo Nazis in India. If so, then tip of the hat to him as that was probably his goal .... to rile them up and flush them out. Smart person.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
  7. Reprinted With Permission ©

    "It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner."

    Let me quote another instance of this disgraceful disposition:
    It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust."

    A few months ago an auction was being arranged in Europe of Gandhi's letters and other artifacts corroborating the foregoing. Apparently, the Indian government with assistance from expatriate Indian businessmen muscled the auctioneers and put a stop to this auction.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Baron of Bangalore

      that skinny crappy gandhi dd all this? El diablo !!!!

      October 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  8. Maulvi Saddar Moazzam

    With such stupid sanctions on individuals who do not and never had any assets in the USA or elsewhere, whom are you making a fool, the world at large or yourselves. Most probably yourselves.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  9. Anti_Jihad

    This is why we need to send more drones to Pakistan. These Pakistanis have been working so hard to earn and deserve every single drone strike.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply

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