US adds 4 more including Briton to global terrorist list
The British man suspected of raising funds for Al Qaida and the Taliban has been put on the Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) list.
James Alexander McLintock has been accused by the US of collecting donations for terrorist groups, along with three other men and two groups.
His Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation (RWO) is a front that provides money for Al Qaida, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Afghan extremist groups under the guide of helping orphans.
Sanctions imposed on Thursday mean McLintock is on the department’s “specially designated global terrorist” list, freezes any property he has within US jurisdiction and bans Americans from doing business with him.
Saudi Arabia also designated the same six. They are suspected of having ties across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. They include Abdul Aziz Nuristani, who lives in Peshawar, Qamar who lives in Karachi and Safarash in Saudi Arabia.
The US treasury said in a statement: “As of early 2013, McLintock recruited Afghan insurgents to obtain photos of children, Afghan identity documents, and cellphone numbers to create falsified dossiers used to obtain donations for RWO, which were funnelled to support al-Qaida.
“As early as 2010, McLintock used RWO and the cover of providing stipends to Afghan orphans to finance the Taliban’s militant activities in Kunar province, Afghanistan.”
A source told Pajhwok Afghan News on the condition of anonymity that McLintock alias Qari Yaqub was living in Islamabad and had been living in Kabul during the rule of Taliban. His one wife is from Kashmir and second is from Waziristan. He knows Pashto, Urdu and Arabic.
His organisation has been constructing mosques and wells in tribal areas of Pakistan, the source said, adding he was captured in 2006 by Pakistani government but was released after sometime.
Nursitani is from the Nuristan province of Afghanistan and has been living in Peshawar City of Pakistan over the past few decades and has a Pakistani wife.
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