In accordance with paragraph 36 of resolution 2161 (2014) , the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Al-Haramain Foundation (Pakistan) was listed on 26 January 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 4 of resolution 1455 (2003) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004).
Al-Haramain Foundation (Pakistan) provided financial, material and logistical support to the Al-Qaida (QDe.004) network.
Al-Haramain Foundation (Pakistan) was a branch of the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation which presented itself as a private, charitable and educational non-governmental organization. When viewed as a single entity, Al-Haramain was one of the principal NGOs active throughout the world providing support for the Al-Qaida network. Funding generally came from individual benefactors and special campaigns which targeted selected business entities around the world.
The founder and former leader of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqeel al-Aqeel (QDi.171.04), and the Al-Haramain branches in Bosnia and Herzegovina (QDe.071), Somalia (QDe.072), Indonesia (QDe.103), Kenya (QDe.105), Tanzania (QDe.106), Pakistan, Afghanistan (QDe.110), Albania (QDe.111), Bangladesh (QDe.112), Ethiopia (QDe.113), the Netherlands (QDe.114), the Union of the Comoros (QDe.116) and the United States of America (QDe.117) have provided financial, material and/or technological support to the Al-Qaida network, including Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092), Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya /AIAI (QDe.002), the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QDe.003) and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QDe.118). These terrorist organizations received funding from Al-Haramain and used Al-Haramain as a front for fundraising and operational activities.
Sometime in 2000, an Al-Haramain Foundation (AHF) representative in Karachi, Pakistan, met Zelimkhan Ahmedovich Yandarbiev (deceased). The AHF representative and Yandarbiev discussed and resolved the issue of delivering Zenit missiles, Sting anti-aircraft missiles and hand-held anti-tank weapons to Chechnya.
Before the removal of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, AHF in Pakistan supported the Taliban and other groups. It was linked to Maktab al-Khidamat (MK) (QDe.012), an organization financed by Usama bin Laden. In one instance, some time in 2000, the MK director instructed funds to be deposited in AHF accounts in Pakistan and transferred to other accounts.
At least two former AHF employees who worked in Pakistan have ties to Al-Qaida. As at January 2004, one AHF employee in Pakistan was detained under United States custody on suspicion of financing Al-Qaida operations. Another former AHF employee in Islamabad was an Al-Qaida member who planned to carry out several terrorist operations in the United States. In January 2001, extremists with ties to individuals associated with a fugitive lieutenant of Usama bin Laden were indirectly involved with the Pakistani branch of AHF.
As at late 2002, a senior member of AHF in Pakistan, who is also reported to be a facilitator on behalf of Bin Laden, was operating a human smuggling ring to facilitate travel of Al-Qaida members and their families out of Afghanistan to various other countries.
AHF in Pakistan also has supported Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.