Din Mohammad Hanif

Din Mohammad Hanif is a U.N.-sanctioned Taliban senior leader based in Qatar“Security Council 1988 Committee Amends 105 Entries on Its Sanctions List,” U.N. Security Council, November 29, 2011, https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10465.doc.htm;
“How Qatar came to host the Taliban,” BBC News, June 22, 2013, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23007401.
who previously served as the Minister of Higher Education and the Master of Planning under the Taliban regime.“Security Council 1988 Committee Amends 105 Entries on Its Sanctions List,” U.N. Security Council, November 29, 2011, https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10465.doc.htm. According to the United Nations, Hanif also served as a member of the Taliban Supreme Council responsible for Takhar province and his home province of Badakhshan.“Security Council 1988 Committee Amends 105 Entries on Its Sanctions List,” U.N. Security Council, November 29, 2011, https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10465.doc.htm. He is an ethnic Tajik.“How Qatar came to host the Taliban,” BBC News, June 22, 2013, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23007401.

In early 2015, the Taliban announced that it was willing to enter into peace talks geared toward ending the conflict in Afghanistan. According to Taliban commanders and senior Pakistani officials, Hanif led a delegation of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar.Jibran Ahmad, Mehreen Zahra-Malik, “Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks,” Reuters, March 12, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-idUSKBN0M81A720150312. The Taliban delegation met in Islamabad, Pakistan, with Pakistani army leaders and Chinese diplomats. According to a Taliban commander, Hanif briefed them on the meeting, in which Pakistani officials called on the Taliban to smooth a rift between two top leaders, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and Abdul Qayum Zakir.Jibran Ahmad, Mehreen Zahra-Malik, “Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks,” Reuters, March 12, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-talks-idUSKBN0M81A720150312.

In June 2015, Hanif and another Taliban official traveled to Oslo, Norway, at the same time as Afghan officials. Despite speculation that the two sides were meeting to negotiate, the Taliban issued a statement denying that its officials met with Afghan government officials there.Mushtaq Yusufzai and Fazul Rahim, “Taliban Talks: Militants Say They’ll Meet Afghan Offficials in Norway,” NBC, June 16, 2015, http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-talks-militants-meet-afghan-government-representatives-norway-n375421.

Hanif is believed to still be in Doha, Qatar, serving in the Taliban’s unofficial political office.“How Qatar came to host the Taliban,” BBC News, June 22, 2013, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23007401.

 
European Union

The European Union listed “Din Mohammad Hanif” as a ‘natural person’ associated with the Taliban.“Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with Usama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida network and the Taliban, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 467/2001 prohibiting the export of certain goods and services to Afghanistan, strengthening the flight ban and extending the freeze of funds and other financial resources in respect of the Taliban of Afghanistan,” Commission of the European Communities, March 6, 2002,  http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2002/EN/1-2002-117-EN-F1-1.Pdf.

United Nations

The U.N. Security Council sanctioned “Din Mohammad Hanif” as an individual associated with the Taliban on January 25, 2001.“Security Council 1988 Committee Amends 105 Entries on Its Sanctions List,” U.N. Security Council, November 29, 2011, https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10465.doc.htm.

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