Washington, Nov 6 (ANI): The United Nations has reportedly imposed global sanctions on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, a fierce militant group considered a major threat to U.S. and NATO forces.
The U.N. committee that oversees sanctions against the Taliban ordered all 193 U.N. member states to freeze the assets and institute an arms embargo against the Haqqani network.
The committee pointed out that the group is linked to Al-Qaeda and other militant organizations and is responsible for suicide attacks and targeted assassinations as well as kidnappings in Kabul and Afghan provinces, Fox News reports.
According to the report, the committee also ordered an asset freeze, arms embargo and travel ban against Afghan-born Abdul Rauf Zakir, also known as Qari Zakir.
Zakir, who was describes by the UN as the ‘chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani Network’, has been accused of offering oversees training of suicide attackers and providing instructions on how to construct improvised explosive devices.
The decision to impose sanctions required approval by all 15 Security Council members, including Pakistan.
According to the report, diplomats said Islamabad’s agreement was considered very significant since the Haqqani Network is based in Pakistan``s tribal region of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.