US designates Pakistani Taliban as terror organization

Hillary-Rodham-ClintonWashington, Sep 1 : The US formally designated the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist organization Wednesday, slapping sanctions and travel bans on its leadership.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a public notice that the group met the criteria to be listed as an international terrorist organization under US law.

The Pakistani Taliban has been blamed for the attempted May 1 bombing of Times Square in New York, and other attacks in Pakistan. The group is also known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

Clinton made the determination Aug 12 but it did not go into effect until its publication in the Federal Register Wednesday.(DPA)