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Pakistan Places Restrictions On Taliban Leaders Mullah Baradar, Sirajuddin Haqqani

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Pakistan has imposed sanctions on Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar and Haqqani Network in compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the Taliban leader based in Qatar who negotiated and signed a landmark peace deal with the United States in February to end the 19-year Afghan war.

The directives are contained in a ‘statutory notification’ (SRO) that was published by the foreign ministry on its website earlier in the week, reported Voice of America.

According to the notification, “The federal government is pleased to order that the (UNSC) Resolution 2255 (2015) be fully implemented including in particular that individuals and entities listed … shall stand subjected to the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo in accordance with the aforesaid resolutions.”

This FO said that the new notification was in line with the previous procedural measures against the militant group.

“The SRO issued by Pakistan on 18 August 2020 only consolidates and documents the previously announced SROs as a procedural measure and does not reflect any change in the Sanctions List or sanction measures,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Chaudhri said in a statement he shared with local journalists.


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