Targetting Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as Ganj Madrassa, the Treasury department on Tuesday said that the Peshawar based religious school ‘serves as a training centre and facilitates funding for Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taeba, and the Taliban.’

The action freezes any assets the sanctioned persons or entities may have under US jurisdiction and prohibits US persons from doing business with them. "The activities of Ganj Madrassa exemplify how terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban, subvert seemingly legitimate institutions, such as religious schools, to divert charitable donations meant for education to support violent acts," the announcement said.

"Today's action strikes at the heart of the financial and logistical support network that abuses charitable donations and provides essential services for various terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban."

"These networks provide the fighters, training, and supplies for these terrorist groups to carry out their acts of violence against coalition forces and civilians alike," said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S Cohen.

In targeting Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai, the announcement noted during his long tenure with Al Qaeda, he has held a number of important positions. "He is Al Qaeda's leader in Sindh and Balochistan provinces in Pakistan and has been a significant financial facilitator for the group, moving hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of its leadership and operations."

Azmarai has also acted as a courier for Al Qaeda officials and has managed logistics for family members of senior Al Qaeda leadership, including Osama bin Laden. "The Ganj Madrassa is controlled by designated Al Qaeda facilitator Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshawari, also known as Shaykh Aminullah,” the Treasury announcement said.

Shaykh Aminullah was designated by both US and UN  in 2009 for providing material support to Al Qaeda and Taliban. The announcement also mentioned that Aminullah has directed donations provided for the school to terrorist groups such as the Taliban, which use the money to fund the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.


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