- The Washington Times - Friday, July 23, 2010

The U.S. wants Pakistan to implement international sanctions against three key terrorist financiers who have raised money for the Taliban and its Pakistan-based affiliate, the Haqqani Network. 

The Treasury Department on Thursday froze the U.S.-held assets of Gul Agha Ishakzai, head of the Taliban’s financial commission; Amir Abdullah, former treasurer to Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar; and Nasiruddin Haqqani, an emissary for the Haqqani Network. 

The United Nations had earlier this week implemented a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo against these individuals. 

“Pakistan, as a U.N. member, must implement this international action,” a State Department spokesman said on Friday. 

The State Department spokesman said this order blocks any property the designees have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with them. 

“Not only have these individuals been designated under domestic legal authorities, they were also listed at the United Nations 1267 Consolidated List [on Monday] for being associated with al-Qaeda,   
Osama bin Laden, or the Taliban,” the official added. 

The official said all U.N. members must implement this action. 

A Treasury statement said the designation of the three men was designed to “deprive these extremists of the resources they need to execute their violent activities.” 

• Ashish Kumar Sen can be reached at asen@washingtontimes.com.

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