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US Designates Four In Indian Subcontinent As Global Terrorists

US Designates Four In Indian Subcontinent As Global Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – The US Department of State has designated four leaders of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), as part of Washington’s “relentless efforts to ensure that terrorists do not use Afghanistan as a platform for international terrorism”.

In a statement issued by the Department on December 1, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the “US is committed to using its full set of counterterrorism tools to counter the threat posed by terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, including the AQIS and TTP.”

The four terrorist leaders designated as SDGTs are Osama Mehmood, emir of AQIS; Atif Yahya Ghouri, deputy emir of AQIS; Muhammad Maruf responsible for AQIS’ recruiting branch; and Qari Amjad the deputy emir of TTP who oversees operations and militants in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“As a result of these actions, all property and interests in property of those designated that are subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and all US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them,” Blinken was quoted as saying in the statement.

The “actions again demonstrate that we will continue to use all relevant tools to uphold our commitment to see to it that international terrorists are not able to operate with impunity in Afghanistan”.

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  • poor guys. Now they cannot travel.

    December 2, 2022
  • Did you notice one commonality among the four?

    December 2, 2022
  • The Orange County Register in California, in its November 20, 2022 issue in News section on Page 19, has a full page article by Deepa Bharath of Associated Press titled “Attacked at home, Afghan Sikhs find community on Long Island” which describes the stories of Sikhs and Hindus being killed by Muslim militants and their places of worship desecrated in Afghanistan, causing them to flee to USA and India to be safe with their families, and enjoy freedom of religion. In the same issue of the newspaper there is another short article in the Opinion section on page 1 continuing on page 4 titled ” Helping Afghans resettle in America” by Florence O’Quin.

    India has a large population of Sikhs who are respected and where they enjoy freedom of religion at their Golden Temple in Amritsar, in the State of Punjab (which is ruled by Sikh leaders) and at all other temples throughout India, where Sikhs run successful business and have jobs, participate in local and national political parties, own large numbers of farms especially in Pujab State, and serve as patriotic soldiers in Sikh regiments defending their communities and India from Pakistan and China.

    There was a small number of Sikhs who wanted to separate from India called Khalistanis who were put down by the Indian army. And, when the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was assasinated by her own Sikh bodyguards (whom she trusted) some mobs incited by a politician attacked Sikhs in New Delhi in revenge for her death. This unfortunate incident created hatred by some secessionist Sikhs against Hindus and India, who also hate Mahatma Gandhi for agreeing to splitting of Punjab State and giving part of it to the new nation of Pakistan, during Parition of India at its independance from Britain. Some statues of Mahatma Gandhi have been demolished because of this hatred and propaganda against Hindus and India is continued in USA.

    December 6, 2022

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