US designates Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mehsud as global terrorist

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: The US has slapped sanctions on the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Noor Wali Mehsud and designated him as a global terrorist, as the Trump administration unveiled new tools to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters globally.

Mehsud was designated as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US Department of State on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Mehsud took over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in June 2018 following the death of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan.

“Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah,” according to a State Department statement.

“Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan,” it said.

The US actions seek to deny these terrorists the resources to plan and carry out attacks. All of their property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them, the statement said.

Interestingly, Mehsud’s designation came on the same day India described Pakistan as the “epicentre” of global terrorism. (agencies)