Fighting terror: TTP added to UN sanctions list

Published: July 29, 2011
Adding of the TTP to the sanctions list eases pressure on the Afghan Taliban in a bid to encourage it to join peace moves in Afghanistan.PHOTO: EPA

Adding of the TTP to the sanctions list eases pressure on the Afghan Taliban in a bid to encourage it to join peace moves in Afghanistan.PHOTO: EPA

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday put the Pakistan Taliban on its international anti-terrorism sanctions list in a move highlighting the growing threat from the group, diplomats said.

The adding of the Tehrik-E-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group to the sanctions list also comes as the UNSC eases pressure on the Afghan Taliban in a bid to encourage it to join peace moves in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Taliban has been blamed for attacks that have left hundreds dead in Pakistan but also been linked to an attempted bombing in Times Square, New York last year.

Britain’s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant welcomed the addition of the Pakistan Taliban to counter-terrorism list, a moved which has been backed by the Pakistan government.

“It sends a powerful signal of the international community’s solidarity and resolve in the fight against the TTP and international terrorism,” Lyall Grant said in a statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th,  2011.

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  • Imran
    Jul 29, 2011 - 10:02PM

    MashAllah!!! WAH WAH kiya baat hai. What took soo long?


  • My Name is Khan
    Jul 29, 2011 - 10:16PM

    But Imran Khan thinks they are just innocent bystanders. I’m confused. I thought he was the only honest leader in Pakistan. Now my hopes are ruined.


  • Shabbir Baloch
    Jul 29, 2011 - 10:36PM

    first support them, if unsuccessful than add to UN terrorist sanctions list.. (policy of west)


  • Sacha Sain
    Jul 29, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Yes, all the TTP foreign accounts will be frozen. They will not be able to open LOC. They will not be able to travel internationally. They cannot buy or sell any stocks/bonds. They will not be given new IMF loans. The interests rates on their existing loans will be jacked-up. What a meaningless action is this… :->


  • Shahid Saeed
    Jul 29, 2011 - 11:57PM

    Chief Justice Iftakhar should declare the UN order as illegal and of no legal effect. While Raiwind wala’s are paying stipend to terrorists, CJ should show that he values partnership with terrorists.


  • omer
    Jul 30, 2011 - 12:21AM

    @My Name is Khan: so all those suicide bombings and 35000 deaths of innocent Pakistani’s wasnt enough of a proof for you that you were confused due to what Imran khan says ? i believe we are given a thing by God which is called brain. try using it for a change :)

    and on TTP added to UN list, well what took UN so long ? so 35000 killings is a benchmark when you label some lunatics as terrorists ?

    though a welcome move still..


  • Mirza
    Jul 30, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @My Name is Khan:
    I am sorry to say but there are many Taliban in Pakistan without the beard! That is why you see all the rightwing politicians apologists for Taliban. America’s decision is right, better late than never. I don’t know why it took so long?


  • Reality bites
    Jul 30, 2011 - 8:26AM

    What should we say, one more medal Pakistan bags on international level ?


  • Jul 30, 2011 - 9:00AM

    Counter-gang TTP after so many killings and destruction make its way to sanction list. This shows you who were backing them up.


    Jul 30, 2011 - 4:11PM

    UN sanctions have little impact on terrorists organisations, who change their organisation’s names and their funding is rarely disrupted with one exception ie Al Qaida, who was constantly hunted by the Americans for their own cause. As per Western analysts, TTP along with other sectarian outfits based in Pakistan are receiving funds from Middle East countries and their major donor is Saudi Arabia.


  • TTP
    Jul 30, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Long Live Taliban … Death to Seculars


  • Jul 31, 2011 - 1:42PM

    To those who say the sanctions are irrelevant, you’re not wrong. However, it’s the media that decides what is news worthy. To the UN it probably amounts to formalities, not something special that they expect people to celebrate while patting themselves on the back and receiving praise.


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