Canada blacklists Pakistani Taliban

Published: July 6, 2011
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan becomes the 43rd group on Canada's blacklist. PHOTO: EPA

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan becomes the 43rd group on Canada's blacklist. PHOTO: EPA

OTTAWA: Canada designated the Pakistani Taliban, a militant group, behind a wave of bombings in Pakistan and a foiled plot to set off a New York City blast, as a terrorist organization on Tuesday.

Putting the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on the terrorism blacklist is “an essential part of our efforts to combat terrorism and keep our communities safe,” said Vic Toews, Canada’s minister of public safety.

He noted the group has claimed responsibility for “multiple” suicide attacks in Pakistan, as well as a May 2010 bombing attempt of New York’s Times Square.

Behind a campaign of bombings that have killed over 3,500 people in Pakistan in the last four years, the TTP became the 43rd group on Canada’s blacklist, which includes Al-Qaeda, Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels and Hamas, the Palestinian rulers of the Gaza Strip.

The move means that people in Canada and Canadians abroad are prohibited from “knowingly dealing with assets owned or controlled by the TTP” and that it will now be an offense to “knowingly participate in, contribute to or facilitate certain activities of” the group.

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  • sam
    Jul 6, 2011 - 2:21PM

    they waited this long????Recommend

  • Analyzer
    Jul 6, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Good to see Canada keeping a close watch on our region, although it seems news takes a long time reaching their corner of the world.Recommend

  • Incredible
    Jul 7, 2011 - 4:37PM

    Canada: I would like to correct your list. The biggest financier of all those named in your list are the Pakistani Govt, Pakistani Army and the ISI which not only finances the terrorists outfits all over the world but also trains and supplies arms and logistics in their terrorist attacks. Pakistan is a rogue state. The terrorism can not be removed from the face of the earth till Pakistanis open their eyes. More than half of the arms that Pakistan receives from the international community, in the name of fighting terrorism, are passed on to the terrorist organizations operating from Pakistani soil or elsewhere in the world.Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Jul 8, 2011 - 5:29PM

    @Incredible: wow you knw a lot? may b more than Pakistan itself
    have you been in some deals?Recommend

  • Goodman
    Jul 12, 2011 - 12:49AM

    If only you were credible….


  • Jul 25, 2011 - 7:28AM

    Wow, seven years and hundreds of bombings later, Canada finally declares TTP as terrorists !


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