UN Imposes Sanctions on Haqqani Network

Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi

The UN has imposed global sanctions on the Haqqani network, which it says is linked to al Qaeda and is responsible for suicide attacks, assassinations and kidnappings in Afghanistan.

The UN Security Council’s Taliban sanctions committee ordered all 193 UN member states to freeze the assets and institute an arms embargo against the Haqqani network on Monday.

An operational commander involved in many of the network’s high-profile attacks, Qari Zakir, was also singled out and placed on the blacklist. The Obama administration has also blacklisted him.

The Afghan government welcomed the move saying it was important for the fight against terrorism in neighboring Pakistan.

Jalaluddin Haqqani; Photo: AP Photo/Mohammed Riaz Jalaluddin Haqqani is the leader of the Haqqani network

“Qari Zakir is a key figure of the Haqqani group,” Sediq Seddiqi from Afghanistan’s interior ministry said. “He is behind most attacks and works very closely with the Taliban. Others should also be put on the list. The terrorists who are in Pakistan have to be prosecuted.”

The US had already designated the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization in September. The group’s commanders said this was proof that Washington was not sincere about peace efforts in Afghanistan, while the Taliban said the sanctions made no sense because they did not have any assets in the US and were not in contact with US citizens. Continue reading