Pakistan welcomes UN decision to declare TTP chief as global terrorist

Arif Qureshi  

Pakistan’s foreign office welcomed the decision by the United Nations to add the name of Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, chief commander of outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), to its Daesh and Al-Qaeda sanctions list.

The United Nations has designated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, chief commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a global terrorist. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Sanctions Committee has added the name of Noor Wali Mehsud to its list of Islamic State and Al-Qaida Sanctions list on Thursday.

Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud was listed pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2368 (2017) for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” entities associated with Al-Qaida, said in a UN statement.

TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan, including an attack targeting Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan in July 2019 and a bomb attack against Pakistani soldiers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in August 2019, further added in the statement.

Welcoming the UN decision, the Pakistan’s foreign office said, Pakistan will continue to pursue its policy of fighting against those involved in participating, financing, planning, facilitating and perpetrating terrorism.

Noor Wali Mehsud was declared global terrorist for participating in the financing, planning and facilitating activities of terrorism. After the UNSC listing he will face the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of TTP in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah. The United States has designated Noor Wali Mehsud as a global terrorist in September 2019.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was formed by militant leader Baitullah Mehsud in tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan in 2007. Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud is its fourth chief commander, its founding commander Baitullah Mehsud was killed on August 5, 2009, South Waziristan, Hakeemullah Mehsud was also killed in South Waziristan on November 1, 2013.

Mullah Fazlullah the last TTP commander was killed in Kunar province of Afghanistan, on June 23, 2018 by U.S. drone strikes.

TTP is a banned and outlawed origination in Pakistan; the United States had designated the TTP as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in September 2010, followed by United Nations declared TTP as global terrorists group for its association with Al-Qaida on July 29, 2011.



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