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.
Ummah Tameer e-Nau (UTN) was listed on 24 December 2001 pursuant to paragraph 8 (c) of resolution 1333 (2000) 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”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and the Taliban.
Ummah Tameer e-Nau (UTN) was founded by Pakistani nuclear scientists with close ties to Usama bin Laden (deceased) and the Taliban. UTN provided Usama bin Laden and the Taliban with information about chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. UTN’s directors included Mahmood Sultan Bashir-Ud-Din (QDi.055), Majeed Abdul Chaudhry (QDi.054) and Mohammed Tufail (QDi.056).
Over several visits to Afghanistan, UTN directors and members, including Bashir-Ud-Din, met Usama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, listed as Mohammed Omar Ghulam Nabi (TAi.004 on the 1988 Sanctions List), and other Al-Qaida and Taliban leaders to discuss the development of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. During a follow-up meeting, an associate of Usama bin Laden indicated he had nuclear material and wanted to know how to use it to make a weapon. Bashir-Ud-Din provided information about the infrastructure needed for a nuclear weapons program and the effects of nuclear weapons.
In November 2001, the Taliban left Kabul and the workers at UTN's Kabul offices fled the area with them. Searches of UTN premises in Kabul yielded documents setting out a plan to kidnap a United States attaché and outlining basic nuclear physics related to nuclear weapons.