US considering designating TTP as a terrorist outfit
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 11:59
Washington: The US is considering designating Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a foreign terrorist organisation in the wake of an investigation that held the militant outfit responsible for the failed Times Square bombing attempt.

"We are considering the question of designating the Pakistani Taliban (as a terrorist outfit). Now it is the matter of meeting the legal requirements," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley said.

" ...there's a deliberately or intentionally deliberate process that we go through, and it any group that is to be designated must meet very specific legal criteria, but it is something that we are considering in light of what happened," Crowley said.

However, he refused to give further details.

"It is a group that we have been focused on for some time, but I think in light of the Times Square attempt, it's something we're looking at very closely," the official said.

"I can't recite the history of this particular group but it has not been in existence for that long. But obviously it has come into sharp relief in light of Times Square bombing and this is something that we are actively considering," Crowley said.

The State Department spokesperson said there is a lengthy deliberative process that goes into designating an outfit as a foreign terrorist organisation.

"...we are working through a process based on the criteria in the law," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 11:59

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