Washington: Acting against the perpetrators of the deadly Peshawar school attack, the US on Tuesday designated Mullah Fazlullah, chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as a global terrorist and slapped sanctions against him.
Popularly known as 'Radio Mullah', Fazlullah is said to have been in contact with the killer of 148 people, mostly children, at the Army Public School in Peshwar on
The official statement released by the US government said, “The Department of State has designated Maulana Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Fazlullah, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.”
“The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against US persons engaging in transactions with Fazlullah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Fazlullah that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of US persons.
“Maulana Fazlullah was elected commander of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in November 2013, following the death of former TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud. The Department of State designated TTP as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on September 1, 2010. TTP was also listed at the United Nations 1267/1989 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on July 29, 2011.”
“Under the leadership of Fazlullah, TTP claimed responsibility for the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan that resulted in the deaths of at least 148 individuals, mostly students. Prior to becoming the leader of TTP, Fazlullah claimed he was behind the killing of Pakistani Army Major General Sanaullah Niazi in September 2013, as well as ordering the shooting of schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012.”
“Fazullah was responsible for the beheading of 17 Pakistani soldiers after an attack in June 2012 and also ordered the targeted killings of elders who led peace committees against the Taliban.”
The announcement came hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Pakistan to target all terror outfits like LeT, Taliban and the Haqqani network that pose a threat to itself, neighbours like India and America.