November 27, 2020 | 4:59 AM IST
Terrorism

UN adds Pakistan’s Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to global terrorists’ list

In a major development, the United Nations on Thursday added Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) leader Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud (42) to the list of global terrorists. Also, the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee has added him to the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List after which his assets were frozen and a travel ban and an arms embargo imposed on him. 

The Committee said, “Under Noor Wali's leadership, 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.”

The move has been appreciated by the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA). It tweeted on Friday, “Welcome news that the @UN has added Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Noor Wali Mehsud to its ISIL & AQ sanctions list. TTP is responsible for many deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The United States domestically designated Noor Wali as a terrorist in September 2019.”

The outfit was blacklisted by the UN in July 2011 for it’s interlinks with al-Qaida and claimed responsibility for an attempted bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010. Also, in April 2010, it launched a multi-pronged assault against the United States Consulate in Peshawar, killing at least six Pakistanis and wounding 20 others. 

In 2018 Mehsud took over as the Chief of the terrorist outfit after the death of Maulana Fazlullah. He actively participated and supported al-Qaida and financed, planned, and facilitated acts of terrorism.

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