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U.S. designates Haqqani figures 'global terrorists'

A guard and a Pakistani religious student pray as they listen to a lesson outside a classroom at Darul Uloom Haqqania, an Islamic seminary and alma mater of several Taliban leaders, in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province September 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday named three members of Pakistan's Haqqani network to its list of "specially designated global terrorists."

The US Treasury said Saidullah Jan, Yahya Haqqani, and Muhammad Omar Zadran are key figures in the financial and support network of the Haqqani organization, which the US has long labelled a terror group.

Pakistani national Jan has been a Haqqani commander in Afghanistan, a logistical coordinator and a link between the group and Al-Qaeda, the Treasury said.

Yahya Haqqani, also a Pakistani, is brother-in-law to Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani and has stood in as group leader when others were absent, according to the Treasury.

He also at times allegedly serves as a liaison to Al-Qaeda and a coordinator with the Taliban.

Afghan native Zadran has been a Haqqani commander in Afghanistan and has worked closely with Taliban militants there.

Designating the three as "global terrorists" results in any assets falling under US jurisdiction being frozen, and bans any Americans from doing business with them.

 

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