US names three Pakistanis as key ‘terror facilitators’

WASHINGTON: The United States named three Pakistanis as key ‘terrorist facilitators’, saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah.

The US Treasury placed Rahman Zeb s/o Faqir Muhammad, Hizbullah s/o Astam Khan and Dilawar Khan s/o Nadir Khan on its blacklist of ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorists’, in an effort to disrupt the group’s ability to obtain and distribute financing. All three were tied to Shaykh Aminullah, who has been on international terror blacklists since 2009. US officials allege that Shaykh Aminullah turned the Ganj Madrassa, a boys school in Peshawar, into a training and recruiting base by al Qaeda.

The three men were involved in providing financial and logistical support, explosives, and technological aid to the Pakistan and Afghanistan-based extremist groups, the Treasury said. Rahman Zeb, it said, has been in charge of raising funds and materials for Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Gulf region, and helped Shaykh Aminullah travel to the Gulf in 2014. Hizbullah was involved in Shaykh Aminullah’s madrassa and helped him on various trips to the Gulf.

Dilawar, meanwhile, was a close assistant to Shaykh Aminullah, arranging his travel around Pakistan and handling his correspondence and financial transactions. “Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organisations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Published in Daily Times, February 9th 2018.