US Treasury names 3 Pakistanis as 'terrorist facilitators': All you need to know about the trio

The US Treasury has placed three Pakistani nationals — Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan — on its blacklist of "Specially Designated Global Terrorists".

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

It named the Pakistani nationals as key "terrorist facilitators", saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah. This was done in an effort to disrupt the group's ability to obtain and distribute financing.

Here's what we know so far about the three Pakistani nationals:

Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad

The US Treasury said that Rahman Zeb has been in charge of raising funds and materials for LeT in the Gulf region, and helped Shaykh Aminullah travel to the Gulf in 2014.

It further said that Zeb was "designated for providing financial, material, or technological support for, or other services to or in support of" LeT. In early 2016, Zeb coordinated transfer of funds with a Pakistan-based LeT facilitator.

As of mid-2014, Zeb was also involved in operations of the terror group in Afghanistan.

Hizb Ullah Astam Khan

Hizb Ullah was designated for acting on behalf of Aminullah. in 2016, Hizb Ullah gathered support for Aminullah and was the financial oficial of a madrassa in Peshawar which was co-founded by Aminullah, according to the US Treasury.

In 2015, Hizb Ullah also helped Aminullah during his travel in the Gulf and facilitated his travel to the Gulf in 2013.

He had also worked as an improvised explosive device (IED) expert in Afghanistan's Kunar province, where he deployed IEDs against Afghan and coalition forces. Hizb Ullah was also involved in sending shipments of IED chemicals from Pakistan to Afghanistan to terror groups, including Taliban and Jamaat ul Dawa al-Quran.

Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan

Acting as Aminullah's assistant, Dilawar was responsible for Aminullah's accommodations in Pakistan and relaying his messages. His other responsibilities included facilitating Aminullah's fund transfers, including international transactions.

In 2014, Dilawar made arrangements for Aminullah to travel within Pakistan and to the Gulf. In 2013, Dilawar was one of the leaders of the Ganj madrassa, which had been designated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in August 2013 for being controlled by Aminullah and providing support to LeT and Taliban.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 13:09 PM

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