Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Pak Taliban commander killed in USA drone strike

Time for US to change Pak strategy Pakistan to start building fences along Afghan border in SW Pakistan
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The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan as Specially Designated Global Terrorists for their connections to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other groups.

The slain commander was also believed to be closely linked to the Haqqani network blamed for staging high-profile terrorist attacks against local and USA -led forces in Afghanistan.

Spokesman Faisal said the two sides under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity engagement are discussing counterterrorism cooperation, repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, and ways to promote a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict.

The department said that Rahman Zeb was a LeT operative who for several years was responsible for collecting funds and running a network for LeT in the Gulf.

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The other two are accused of acting on behalf of Shaikh Aminullah, who was sanctioned in 2009 for providing material support to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Another designated terrorist Hizb Ullah was involved in Shaykh Aminullah's seminary and helped him on various trips to the Gulf while Dilawar arranged Shaykh Aminullah's travel around Pakistan and handled his correspondence and financial transactions. U.S. officials allege that he turned the Ganj seminary in Peshawar into training and recruiting base for Al Qaeda, the Taliban and LeT. He also provided assistance to Aminullah for Gulf travel. He facilitated funds transfers, including global transactions, on behalf of Aminullah.

Also Thursday, missiles fired from USA drone slammed into a vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing four militants, said Shah Mohammad Aryan, a spokesman for the provincial chief police.

The three men were involved in providing financial and logistical support, explosives, and technological aid to the three Pakistan and Afghanistan-based extremist groups, the Treasury said.

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