What made US tag Fazlullah a global terrorist?

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    What made US tag Fazlullah a global terrorist?


    ISLAMABAD: Although, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ameer Mullah Fazlullah has been designated a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US State Department in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre, the Americans have a legitimate reason to proceed against him since he had orchestrated the killing of three US soldiers in the Shahi Kot area of Lower Dir on February 3, 2010.

    Six months down the road since the launching of the Operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan, the days of Fazlullah seems to have been numbered, mainly because he is not only being hunted by Pakistan but also by the United States as both the countries have agreed to cooperate on finding and killing the head of Pakistani Taliban, who is operating from a hideout in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan on the Pak-Afghan border.

    Highly-informed sources in the security establishment insist that Kabul has also agreed to share intelligence on Fazlullah with Pakistan as well as the United States. Even before tagging him a global terrorist, the Americans were making frantic efforts to eliminate him with the help of CIA-run drones, before he can find another hiding place. The Pakistani authorities had actually sought help from Washington and Kabul after capturing wireless and cell phone messages, which established beyond an iota of doubt that Fazlullah had himself directed the Peshawar school carnage that killed 133 innocent children.

    The State Department press release about Fazlullah’s tagging mentions that under his leadership, the TTP claimed responsibility for the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar which killed at least 148 individuals, mostly students.

    “Prior to becoming the leader of TTP, Fazlullah claimed he was behind the killing of the Pakistan Army’s Major General Sanaullah Niazi in September 2013, besides ordering the shooting of schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012. Fazlullah was responsible for the beheading of 17 Pakistani soldiers after an attack in June 2012 and also ordered the targeted killings of elders who led peace committees against the Taliban.”

    But Fazlullah has not only killed several Pakistani soldiers, he is also wanted for killing three American soldiers who were trainers. They were targeted while accompanying the Pakistani security forces to the Maidan area in Lower Dir, which was recaptured from the Taliban after the 2009 military operation in Swat.

    February 3, 2010 was supposed to be a day of celebration in the village of Shahi Kot in the Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The modest school had been rebuilt with the American funding after the henchmen of Mullah Fazlullah, who are opposed to female education, blew it up. Several Pakistani and American dignitaries were on their way to attend the opening ceremony of the school whose corridors and classrooms bustled with activity. Just before 11am, as the armoured vehicle carrying five soldiers of the US Army Special Forces approached in a convoy of Pakistani security vans, a powerful roadside bomb was detonated. The blast not only killed three US soldiers but also took away the lives of three innocent schoolgirls. The US soldiers who lost their lives included Sgt Mark Stets, Sgt Matthew Sluss-Tiller and Sgt David Hartman. They were the first known casualties of American troops on the Pakistani soil since the launching of the war on terror. Mullah Fazlullah had claimed responsibility for the attack and the killing of American soldiers.

    In the aftermath of the Peshawar school carnage, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced a bounty of Rs10 million for information leading to the arrest or death of Fazlullah. The fugitive TTP Ameer has not only claimed the Peshawar attack but also called for the deaths of even more innocent people (in a January 5, 2015 video message). Ranting Fazlullah even defended the slaughter of innocent schoolchildren and vowed another ‘spectacular attack’ was being planned. Surrounded (in the video) by his gunmen, Fazlullah ridicules western life and ridicules democracy, saying: “Democracy is Kuffar and Haram. We only obey Shariah.”

    On the other hand, the American drones have already intensified their drive to hunt down the TTP Ameer who has recently made ‘Khurasani’ a part of his name, apparently in a bid to counter the growing clout of commander Omar Khalid Khurasani. Fazlullah now ranks No1 on the list of potential targets for the American drones after being tagged as a “common enemy” of the US and Pakistan. As things stand, Fazlullah is being tracked by spies on the ground and drones from the skies. Hence, it seems his days are numbered and he would be droned anytime like his predecessors — Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud.

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    The credit goes to the much improved Pak-Afghan cooperation in fighting these terrorists and the full backing of USA/ISAF.
     
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    You first tell me why is Pakistan even thinking of banning a charitable organisation like JuD? Which is run by philanthropist HS?
     
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    Yes your US papa is dictating to Pakistan , what to do and what not to do using carrots and stick policy !
     
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    mullah's are big issue for pakis more than anything.:lol::laugh:
     
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    It was long due. Unfirtunately Peshawar had to happen first to wake our incompetant leaders in Islamabad.
    Twelve outfits have been banned now.
     
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    Damned if we do damned if we don't, lol.
    Well 'the papa' is your new daddy now, dictating his own sercurity terms and riding in his own Presidential vehicle 'The Beast' on your Republic Day breaking the traditions for the first time in your history. :wave:
     
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    Wow, you figuered that out all by yourself? You must be a genius, RAW needs guys like you.
     
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    Obama has his security concerns, which India accepted.

    US is a strategic partner.

    Regarding your signature: "severely bloated false ego, an inflated sense of self-importance and grossly misplaced self-assumed greatness"

    Reminds most of the people about al Bakistan.
     
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    no need to be genius or in r&aw for that.:rofl:
     
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    Isn't it unethical to ban an organisation which takes a lead role in flood relief? Why was it long overdue? So, your govt. doesn't want any org. to do charity work?

    OK, final question, guess the new name of the same organisation?
     
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    Pakistan plans change in its terror policy, to ban 12 terror outfits including JuD, Haqqani network

    CNN-IBN | January 15, 2015

    Islamabad: Taking view of the security situation in the country after nearly 150 people were killed in the Peshawar school massacre, Pakistan is planning to ban 12 terror outfits. According to Pakistani media, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) led by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and the dreaded Afghan-based Haqqani Network are among the 12 outfits likely to be banned.

    The move is being seen as a "paradigm shift" in the country's security policy. A formal announcement to this effect would be made in "coming days", Pakistani media reported.

    The decision came a day after the US declared the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' following Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Pakistan this week.

    The UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT after the Mumbai attacks. Since then, the UN and US have sanctioned several JuD leaders. The Haqqani network, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for the Indian embassy bombing in Kabul in 2008 that left 58 people dead, a 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul, and several big truck bombing attempts in Afghanistan.

    "It's our first step towards execution of the National Action Plan. The nation will see more positive steps towards dismantling militant groups. Both civilian and military leadership decided to ban the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa," a senior intelligence official told Pakistani media.

    According to reports, the list also includes Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, the Al Akhtar Trust, Al Rashid Trust,

    Banning an organisation means freezing its assets, blocking funding sources and monitoring them properly.


    Pakistan plans change in its terror policy, to ban 12 terror outfits including JuD, Haqqani network-PakistanNews - IBNLive Mobile
     
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    US welcomes reports of Pakistan's plan to ban Haqqanis

    January 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON:-The United States said on Thursday it welcomed reports that Pakistan was planning to outlaw the Haqqani network and other militant groups linked to violent extremism.

    Earlier on Thursday, The Express Tribune quoted senior security officials as saying that a formal announcement of the ban on the Haqqani network and 11 other militant organisations would be made in “coming days.

    The Pakistani government did not respond when asked by Reuters to confirm the report.

    In Washington, a spokespersn for the US State Department said the United States welcomed reports of the planned ban.

    “This is an important step towards eliminating terrorist activity in Pakistan,” Marie Harf told a regular news briefing. She added that she was aware an announcement was planned, but did not know when this would happen.
    Harf noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry had just visited Pakistan, where he had “wide-ranging conversations with the Pakistanis about counter terrorism.”

    “Certainly he emphasised that we are committed to deepening our security partnership with Pakistan,” she said.

    If the government formally announces a ban on the powerful Haqqani network, which attacks targets in Afghanistan from its bases in Pakistan, it would show it was keen to convince to the United States that it is serious about pursuing the militants. However, it would remain to be seen whether this translated into significant action on the ground.

    Pakistan has long been suspected by the West of playing a double game, fighting some militants while supporting others.

    However, after a militant attack on a school in Peshawar last month in which 134 children were killed, Pakistan promised to stop differentiating between “good” and “bad” militants and to step up operations against their hideouts on the Afghan border.

    Kerry said in Pakistan on Tuesday that Pakistan must fight militant groups like the Haqqani network that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests.

    Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz told Kerry that action would be taken “without discrimination against all groups.”


    US welcomes reports of Pakistan’s plan to ban Haqqanis – The Express Tribune
     

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