PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Authorities in Pakistan said counterterrorism forces have arrested a man who was funding for al-Qaeda militants under the cover of a non-governmental organisation.
Officer Ilyas Khan of the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department said late last Saturday Ali Nawaz was using multiple bank accounts linked with the non-governmental organisation (NGO), Human Concern International.
The official said federal investigators have monitored heavy transactions in the organisation’s accounts in recent months.
He said the counterterrorism forces in the northwestern city of Peshawar raided the NGO offices last Saturday, arresting its regional director Nawaz and three others.
In recent months, Pakistani authorities have launched a heavy campaign against terrorism financing. The country is currently on the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list, denoting its status as a haven for money laundering. It has until October to avoid black listing.