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New sanctions on Taliban, Haqqani leaders commendable

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The United States on Thursday designated four Taliban and two Haqqani network leaders as global terrorists and slapped sanctions against them.The Trump administration also asked Pakistan government to work with it to deny these groups safe haven and aggressively target their funding.
The four Taliban leaders are reportedly said to be Abdul Samad Sani, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer, Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai and Maulvi Inayatullah. The US Department of Treasury also declared two Haqqani network leaders — Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi — as global terrorists.
“We are targeting six individuals related to the Taliban or Haqqani Network who have been involved in attacks on Coalition troops, smuggling of individuals or financing these terrorist groups,” said Sigal Mandelker, US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
“This action supports the president Trump’s South Asia Strategy by disrupting these terrorist organizations and publically exposing individuals who facilitate their activities. “
It is obvious that terrorism is wreaking havoc in different parts of the world andno one is feeling safe in the modern world which has become global village. Afghanistan is a state which braved terror attacks for years and the country’s security forces and the ordinary people giving sacrificesevery day in war on terror.
The recent US sanctions on Taliban and Haqqani leaders will defiantly facilitates further ways toward having a durable peace. Once the group become weak and their financial roots are cut, Afghanistan’s villages would be in peace and security again and the backbone of the Taliban militants that use different tactics to further insecure Afghanistan, would be broken.
Meanwhile with the Afghan and U.S. military enjoying broad authority to target the Taliban, the terrorists would have little impact on the battlefield. But declaring the Taliban a terror group and imposing sanctions against them could leave positive impacts on situations in Afghanistan. It would make it politically easier for the Afghan government and international community, in particular the US to pressure foreign governments backing the Taliban, including Pakistan, as the U.S., especially the Trump administration has long accused the country of sheltering the Taliban.
Pakistan’s influence on the Taliban elements is undeniable and it is needed that the country must put further pressures on the Taliban, through arresting their leaders, or blocking their financial sources, to let it engage in the talks.This is what US has asked Islamabad while apply sanctions against Taliban and Haqqani leaders. The US has also asked Pakistan to bridge the gap with Kabul, instead of fueling insecurity, and pressurize the Taliban to hold genuine talks.
News sanctions on Taliban and Haqqani network leaders are commendable and the Afghan government and people appreciate the steps taken for peace and stability in the region. But If the United States and the international community want to see practical steps by Pakistan in war on terror, a credible threat of sanctions must be on the table for Pakistan too, if fail or show unwilling toward inner peace in Afghanistan.
Since the international community has begun to sour on Pakistan’s support of jihadi groups, the time is ripe to enlist Taliban as the terrorist group and consider sanctions on the table; it is time to hit Pakistan where it is most vulnerable.