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US freezes assets of three Taliban-linked Pakistani men

October 17, 2012

File photo shows Qari Tahir Yaldashev, a leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The US Treasury said Wednesday one of the three men whose assets had been frozen coordinated financial support for the IMU in Afghanistan and Pakistan.—File Photo

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury said on Wednesday it had frozen the assets of three Pakistani-based individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other militant organisations blamed for violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Treasury said it froze all US assets and prohibited any US individuals from doing business with Maulawi Adam Khan Achekzai, Aamir Ali Chaudhry and Qari Ayyub Bashir.

Adam and Chaudhry were involved in the production of bombs for the Taliban and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, the US Treasury said in a statement.

Bashir coordinated financial support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it added.

“As these designations demonstrate, we will continue to work to dismantle the terrorist support networks operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, paying special attention to those involved in the manufacture of IEDs (improvised explosive devices),” said David Cohen, US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.