US puts Pakistani Taliban figure on terror list

Qari Hussain is seen as notorious for organising TTP`s suicide bombers.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 10:15 AM IST

Washington: The United States on Thursday placed an alleged top lieutenant in the Pakistani Taliban movement, Qari Hussain, on a terrorism blacklist.

"This action will help stem the flow of finances to Hussain by blocking all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hussain has an interest and prohibiting all transactions by US persons with Hussain," the State Department said in a statement.

The US government said that the group helmed by Hussain, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is "notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers”.

"Hussain has gained particular notoriety for his heavy recruitment of children," the State Department said.

Placing him on the terror list blocks "all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Hussain has an interest”, and prohibits "all transactions by US persons with Hussain”, the statement added.

Qari Hussain is seen as particularly notorious for his work training and organising the TTP`s suicide bombers.

Training camps organised by Hussain are notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers, and Hussain is said to even heavily recruit children.

US officials said Hussain is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Muhammad Abu Mulal al-Balawi, an alleged double-agent whose suicide mission on December 30, 2009, in Khost, Afghanistan, killed seven US intelligence agents.

Bureau Report