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Taliban Indictment

Taliban Indictment

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Published by David Oscar Markus
Indictment against Pakistani Taliban for providing material support for terrorists
Indictment against Pakistani Taliban for providing material support for terrorists

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Published by: David Oscar Markus on May 14, 2011
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INDICTMENTTheGrandJurychargesthat:GENERALALLEGATIONSAttimesmaterialtothisIndictment:ThePakistaniTaliban
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Tehrik-eTalibanPakistan,alsoknownasTehrik-I-Taliban,Tehrik-e-Taliban,thePakistaniTaliban,andTehreek-e-Taliban(hereafter,"PakistaniTaliban")isaPakistan-basedterroristorganizationformedinoraroundDecember2007byanallianceofradicalIslamistmilitants.OnAugust12,2010,theUnitedStatesDepartmentofStateformally
 
designatedthePakistaniTalibanasaForeignTerroristOrganization,underSection219oftheImmigrationandNationalityAct.2.ThePakistaniTaliban'sobjectivesincluderesistanceagainstthelawfulPakistanigovernment,enforcementofstrictIslamiclawknownasSharia,andoppositiontotheUnitedStatesandUnitedStatesandcoalitionarmedforcesfightinginneighboringAfghanistan.3.ThePakistaniTalibanhascommittednumerousactsofviolenceinPakistanandelsewhere,includingsuicidebombingswhichresultedinthedeathofciviliansaswellasPakistanipolice,army,andgovernmentpersonnel,andotheractsofmurder,kidnappingand
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4.ThePakistaniTalibanhasalsoplayedrolesin,orclaimedresponsibilityfor,numerousattacksagainstUnitedStatesinterests,includingaDecember2009suicideattackonaUnitedStatesmilitarybaseinKhost,Afghanistan,alongtheborderwithPakistan,whichkilledsevenUnitedStatescitizens;anApril2010suicidebombingagainsttheUnitedStatesConsulateinPeshawar,Pakistan,whichkilledsixPakistanicitizens;andtheattemptbyaUnitedStatescitizen,FaisalShahzad,todetonateanexplosivedeviceinNewYorkCity'sTimesSquareonMay1,2010.5.ThePakistaniTalibaniscloselyalliedtoal-Qaeda,aninternationalterroristgroupfoundedbyUsamaBinLadenandothersthatisdedicatedtoopposing,byviolence,governmentsnotestablishedunderSharia.SinceatleastNovember2001,afterUnitedStatesandcoalitionforcesenteredneighboringAfghanistan,al-QaedahashadapresenceinnorthwesternPakistan,usingitasanareatoplanterroristoperationsinAfghanistanand2
 
elsewhere,andsendingfightersacrossthebordertoAfghanistantoattackUnitedStatesandcoalitionforces.ThePakistaniTalibanhasprovidedasafehavenandotherassistancetoal-Qaeda,whileal-Qaeda,intum,hasprovidedinspirationtothePakistaniTaliban.6.ThePakistaniTalibanhasitsgreatestpresenceinnorthwesternPakistan,includingtheSwatValleyregionofPakistan,anareaclosetotheborderwithAfghanistan.ThePakistaniTalibanalsohasapresenceinotherpartsofPakistan,includingthecityofKarachi,andhascommittedactsofmurder,kidnappingandmaimingthroughoutthecountry.TermsinthisIndictment7.AsusedinthisIndictment,andalsoasusedbytheDefendantsandbyradicalIslamistmilitantsincludingthePakistaniTaliban,theterm"jihad"referstoviolentjihad,whichistheuseofphysicalviolence,includingmurder,kidnappingandmaiming,tobringaboutthedownfallofgovernmentsthatareperceivedtoopposeSharia.8.Theterm"mujahideen"referstoindividualsengagedinjihad,includingthePakistaniTaliban.Defendants9.HAFIZMUHAMMADSHERALIKHAN("KHAN")isaUnitedStatescitizenandaresidentofMiami,Florida,intheSouthernDistrictofFlorida.KHANhasbeentheImam,orspiritualleader,attheMiamiMasjid,alsoknownastheFlaglerMosque,sinceatleast1999.KHANisoriginallyfromtheSwatValleyinPakistan.Atallrelevanttimes,KHANsolicitedanddistributedfundsforthePakistaniTaliban,bothpersonallyandonbehalfofothers,andworkedwiththeco-defendantsandotherstosupportthePakistaniTaliban'sjihad.KHANalsosupportedthePakistaniTalibanthroughamadrassa,orIslamic3

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