The United States has designated Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, leader Qari Hussain as a terrorist. This action will help stem the flow of finances to Hussain by blocking all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Hussain has an interest. It also prohibits all transactions by U.S. citizens with Hussain. TTP has previously been designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization. The Pakistani government has offered a reward of $600,000 for the capture of Qari Hussain.
Qari Hussain is one of TTP’s top lieutenants and also serves as the trainer and organizer of the group’s suicide bombers. Training camps organized by Hussain are notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers, and Hussain has gained particular notoriety for his heavy recruitment of children.
Widely considered to be the deadliest of all TTP’s commanders, Hussain and the TTP have taken responsibility for many lethal suicide bombings throughout Pakistan. Such attacks have included a November 2009 car bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan; two attacks on Pakistani government offices in Lahore; a September 2010 attack on a Shia procession in Lahore, which killed 33; and a September 2010 car bomb in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, that killed at least 17 people, including four children.
Qari Hussain is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Muhammad Abu Mulal al-Balawi –- the double agent whose suicide mission on December 30, 2009, in Khost, Afghanistan, killed seven Americans.
The "designation of Qari Hussain [as a terrorist] is in response to the wanton acts of violence he has perpetrated against the people of Pakistan and United States," said U.S. State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Daniel Benjamin. "This case illustrates our continued resolve to undermined TTP senior leaders’ planning and coordination capabilities."