*NEW YORK - *Pakistan gets yet another good news from US State Department over the counter terrorism front.
In yet another bold step by the Donald Trump Administration United States government has issued a new executive order declaring Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan chief Noor Wali as a terrorist. The US action would enhance the country’s ability to target terrorists and those who finance their activities.
The new executive order signed by President Trump also enables the US agencies to identify, sanction and deter perpetrators of terrorism worldwide. Utilising the new order, issued on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary on Tuesday, the Treasury Department sanctioned over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
It allows the US government to better target terror group leaders and provides new tools to pursue individuals who participate in terrorist training, Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
The executive order also authorises secondary sanctions on foreign financial institutions that have knowingly conducted or facilitated significant transactions with sanctioned persons, Mnuchin said. He added that the order targets those actors for and behalf of specially-designated global terrorists.
“Specifically, we have leaders, operative and financiers from over 11 terrorist organisations, including Iran’s Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates,” Mnuchin told White House reporters at a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.