US designates top Haqqani commander as terrorist

The US designated a top Pakistan-based Haqqani network commander, Mali Khan, as a foreign terrorist and slapped financial sanctions against him.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 22:31 PM IST

Washington: The US on Tuesday designated a top
Pakistan-based Haqqani Network commander, Mali Khan, as a
foreign terrorist and slapped financial sanctions against him,
aimed at crippling the finances to the dreaded outfit.

Acting as a Haqqani commander, Khan has overseen hundreds
of fighters, and has instructed his subordinates to conduct
terrorist acts, the US State Department said in a statement.

"Mali Khan has provided support and logistics to the
Haqqani Network, and has been involved in the planning and
execution of attacks in Afghanistan against civilians,
coalition forces, and Afghan police," it said.

Under the sanctions, all property subject to US
jurisdiction in which Khan has any interest is blocked and
Americans are prohibited from engaging in business with him.

This action will help stem the flow of financial and
other assistance to the Haqqani Network, the Department said.

The Haqqani Network, it said, is a Taliban-affiliated
group of militants that operates from North Waziristan Agency
in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. It has
been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan,
responsible for many high-profile attacks, the statement said.

In June 2011, Khan`s deputy provided support to the
suicide bombers responsible for the attacks on the
Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing 12 people.

In September, Khan was detained in Afghanistan during a
combined Afghan and coalition force security operation.

Khan`s recent detention marked a significant milestone in
the disruption of the Haqqani Network, but does not absolve
him of his terrorist acts.

"Today`s action strengthens the United States` ability to
target the Haqqani Network’s finances and will assist and
complement the law enforcement actions of other US agencies,"
the State Department said.

PTI