US slaps sanctions on "dangerous" Badruddin Haqqani

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 22:44

Washington: The US Wednesday slapped sanctions
against Badruddin Haqqani, a "dangerous" commander of the
Pakistan-based terror outfit Haqqani network, in its bid to
check the flow of financial and other assistances to him.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slapped sanctions
on an operational commander of the militant network, which is
a Taliban-affiliated group that operates from North Waziristan
Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

"As a result of the designation, all property subject
to US jurisdiction in which Badruddin Haqqani has any interest
is blocked and US persons are prohibited from engaging in any
transactions with him," the State Department said in a
statement.
This action will help stem the flow of financial and
other assistance to this "dangerous individual", it said.

Badruddin Haqqani is an operational commander for the
Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group of militants that
operates from North Waziristan Agency in the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

The Haqqani Network has been at the forefront of
insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many
high-profile attacks.

Badruddin is the son of HQN founder Jalaluddin Haqqani
and his brothers are Nasiruddin Haqqani and Sirajuddin
Haqqani, all Specially Designated Global Terrorists under E O
13224 and listed at the United Nations 1267 Sanctions
Committee.

Badruddin sits on the Miram Shah Shura, which has
command and control over all Haqqani Network activities, and
helps lead insurgents and foreign fighters in attacks against
targets in southeastern Afghanistan.

Badruddin is also believed to be in charge of
kidnappings for the Haqqani Network.

In November 2008, Badruddin accepted responsibility
for keeping New York Times reporter David Rohde hostage (Rohde
escaped in June 2009).

During his captivity, Badruddin forced Rohde to make
videos and write letters demanding money and a prisoner
exchange as conditions for his release.

Badruddin threatened Rohde`s two Afghan companions
in order to compel him to cooperate, and threatened to kill
all three of them if his demands were not met.

In addition to the US domestic action taken today, the
United Nations 1267 Sanctions Committee`s listing will require
all UN member states to implement an assets freeze, a travel
ban, and an arms embargo against this individual.

The actions taken against this individual demonstrate
international resolve in eliminating terrorist?s ability to
execute violent attacks and to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat
their networks.

This designation represents just one phase of the US
Government`s response to the threat posed by terrorists in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 22:44

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