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Pakistani Police Arrest Top Al-Qaeda Financier On UN Sanctions List

Pakistani special combat unites during exercise (file photo).
Pakistani special combat unites during exercise (file photo).

Police in the Pakistani city of Karachi say they have arrested a top Al-Qaeda financier who is on the United Nations Security Council's sanctions list.

Abdul Rehman Sindhi was arrested in a joint operation between police and intelligence agencies, police said on April 22.

"Sindhi is an old veteran of Al-Qaeda," senior police officer Muqadas Haider told Reuters. "He had stayed in touch with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, and has worked with Harkat-ul Jihad Islami, Jaish-e Mohammad and the Al-Akhtar Trust."

Sindhi was put on the UN's sanctions list in 2012 for providing "facilitation and financial services to Al-Qaeda."

Pakistan has been under pressure to crack down on Islamist militants. It launched a renewed antiterrorism operation in 2014, when Al-Qaeda chief Zawahri announced the formation of a new wing, Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent.

The region spans across Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, and is home to more than 400 million Muslims.