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Turkey freezes assets of Taliban-affiliated financier

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

(AA) – The assets of an alleged Taliban-linked financier and a company have been frozen in Turkey, according to an official Turkish gazette.

The assets of Abdul Basir Noorzai and the Zarjmil Hawala Company, which were associated with the Taliban by the UN Security Council  Sanctions Committee, were frozen according to a decree issued by Turkey’s Council of Ministers and published in the Resmi Gazete on Saturday.

The move came after the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee added the individual Noorzai, the “Entity Haji Basir” and the Zarjmil Hawala Company to its Sanctions List on March 27.

Noorzai is defined as the owner of Haji Basir and the Zarjmil Hawala Company, which allegedly provided financial services to the Taliban in the region and provide money services used by senior Taliban leaders to transfer funds to Taliban commanders in the region.   

Noorzai is alleged to have distributed thousands of U.S. dollars through his company to Taliban members in Chaman, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, and in Qandahar Province, Afghanistan over several years.

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