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US slaps sanctions on 2 Pakistan-based groups

US slaps sanctions on 2 Pakistan-based groups

May 25, 2016 - 21:42

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has designated Pakistani Talibaninfo-icon splinter outfit, Tariq Gidar Group (TGG), and Jama’atud Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ) as global terrorist organizations for their links in terrorist activities in Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Based in Peshawar and Eastern Afghanistan, JDQ pledged allegiance in 2010 to now-deceased Taliban emir Mullahinfo-icon Omar, and has long-standing ties to Al Qaida and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the State Department said.

It also held JDQ responsible for various attacks, including the infamous 2010 kidnapping and death of British aid worker Linda Norgrove in Kunar province.

Based in Darra Adam Khel, TGG is responsible for multiple large-scale, fatal attacks, including the December 16, 2014, massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar that left 132 schoolchildren and nine staffers dead--- the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history.

The group’s leader, Umar Mansoor, is also known as the mastermind of the January 2016 attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhunkhwa province of Pakistan, in which 20 people were killed and another 50 and 60 wounded.

In addition to these devastating attacks, the TGG is responsible for the 2010 kidnapping of a British journalist traveling to North Waziristan, Pakistan, and the 2008 kidnapping and beheading of Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak in Attock, Pakistan.

As a result of these designations, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which the TGG or JDQ have any interest are blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them, the State Department said.


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