Pakistan slaps sanctions on Baradar, Haqqani, other

The Afghan chief negotiator Abdul Ghani Baradar, who broked the historic peace deal between the US and Taliban in Doha on February 29, 2020, and Haqqani Network’s chief Sirajuddin Haqqani are among the top Taliban leaders that have been slapped with financial sanctions by Pakistan in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) obligation.

The statutory notification of the Minister of Foreign Affairs published on August 18th, cited various United Nations Security resolutions under which the states have been directed to apply travel restrictions, arms embargo, travel ban prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer to these individuals, group, and to freeze the funds and other financial resources of certain individuals and entities.

“Whereas the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to issue S.R.Os containing the consolidated list of all individuals and entities subjects to sanctions under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, on a quarterly basis and in addition to issuance of regular S.R.Os to reflect updates/changes made by the Committee,” the SRO stated.

It stated that the Federal Government is pleased to order that Resolution 2255(2015) be fully implemented including in particular that individuals and entities listed to this order reflecting the updates made by the Taliban (1988) Senctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council till date, shall stand subjected to the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo in accordance with the UNSC resolutions.

As of August 18, 2020, it added that the Taliban (1988) Sanctions Committee has approved the entries subject to the assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo.