In accordance with paragraph 20 of resolution 2160 (2014), the 1988 Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the 1988 Sanctions List.
Rahat Ltd. was listed on 21 November 2012 pursuant to paragraph 3 of resolution 1988 (2011) 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” those designated and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.
Rahat Ltd. is a hawala network owned by Mohammed Qasim Mir Wali Khudai Rahim (TAi.165), comprising branches across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, that participates in the financing and facilitation of the Taliban insurgency.
In 2011 and 2012, Taliban senior figures regularly used the different branches of Rahat Ltd. to store and transfer funds originating from external donors and narcotics trafficking.
This specifically includes facilitation of substantial funds on behalf of a Taliban Shadow Provincial Governor laundered through Rahat Ltd. In 2011 and 2012, on several occasions, Taliban senior figures oversaw transfers and transactions through Rahat Ltd. of hundreds of thousands of United States dollars in funding from the Gulf region and Iran which were intended to finance insurgent activities of the Taliban.
Taliban senior figures have personally interacted with Rahat Ltd. branch managers, frequented Rahat Ltd. branches and used Rahat Ltd. to receive, store and send funds to support insurgent operations inside Afghanistan. Recently, the Taliban Shadow Provincial Governor for Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Mohammad Naim Barich (TAi.013), also known as Mullah Naim Barich, provided funds through Rahat Ltd. for subordinate commanders to plan and conduct insurgent operations in southern Afghanistan. These operations directly threaten the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.
Rahat Ltd. provides financial services to Taliban-affiliated narcotics networks in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region through its branch managers’ direct involvement in narcotics trafficking and their close association with senior figures within these narcotics networks.