NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QE.A.121.05. AL-AKHTAR TRUST INTERNATIONAL
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 6 April 2009
Al-Akhtar Trust International was listed on 17 August 2005 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1617 (2005) as being associated with Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and Jaish-i-Mohammed (QE.J.19.01) and for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” both entities.
Al-Akhtar Trust International was registered as a humanitarian aid agency in Pakistan by members of Jaish-i-Mohammed (QE.J.19.01), following the house arrest of their group leader. Jaish-i-Mohammed sought to use Al-Akhtar Trust as a way to deliver arms and ammunition to its members under the guise of providing humanitarian aid to refugees and other needy groups. Al-Akhtar Trust International was established for the purpose of providing financial assistance for fighters, financial support to the Taliban, and food, clothes, and education to orphans of “martyrs”. At a ceremony in Islamabad celebrating the establishment of the trust, one of the senior leaders of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (QE.H.8.01), termed the establishment of Al-Akhtar Trust as “commendable”. There was an appeal to the people to support it generously.
The chairman and chief executive of Al-Akhtar Trust stated that his organization’s services for the Taliban and Mullah Omar, listed as Mohammed Omar (TI.O.4.01on the 1988 Sanctions List) were known to the world.
As of mid-November 2001, the Al-Akhtar Trust was secretly treating wounded members of Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) at the medical centers it was operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In 2003, a senior Al-Qaida detainee related that Al-Akhtar Trust together with Al Rashid Trust (QE.A.5.01) were the primary relief agencies that Al-Qaida used to move supplies into Kandahar, Afghanistan. While Al-Qaida was based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, these organizations provided donations in the form of blankets and clothing to Al-Qaida members. When Al-Qaida members fled from Kandahar, Afghanistan, in late 2001, these organizations provided the families of Al-Qaida members with financial assistance.
As of mid-March 2002, Al-Akhtar Trust was carrying on the activities of Al Rashid Trust.
Al-Akhtar Trust provided a wide range of support to Al-Qaida and associated entities, specifically Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QE.L.118.05), Lashkar I Jhangvi (QE.L.96.03), and Jaish-i-Mohammed. These efforts included providing financial and logistical support as well as arranging travel for extremists.
From March 2003, an associate of Al-Akhtar Trust attempted to raise funds in order to finance fighting in Iraq. Donors were told that they could contact Al-Akhtar Trust via email for additional information.
In 2006, Al-Akhtar Trust solicited funds by running advertisements in the press.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al Rashid Trust (QE.A.5.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Harakat ul-Mujahidin/ HUM (QE.H.8.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Jaish-i-Mohammed (QE.J.19.01), listed on 17 October 2001
Lashkar I Jhanghvi (LJ) (QE.L.96.03); listed on 3 February 2003
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QE.L.118.05), listed on 2 May 2005
Abdur Rehman (QI.A.309.12), listed on 14 March 2012
Related individuals and entities on the 1988 Sanctions List:
Mohammed Omar (TI.O.4.01), listed on 31 January 2001