The US Treasury imposed sanctions against Afghanistan-based “Nejaat Social Welfare Organization” for using “false charitable pretenses” while transferring funds and supporting activities of Daesh in Afghanistan, the US Treasury said in a statement released on Monday.
The report said that the Nejaat Social Welfare Organization has “materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, ISIS-K( Khorasan).”
In mid-2016, the report claimed, “an ISIS-K facilitator managed a non-governmental organization called Nejaat,” and an “ISIS-K recruiter worked at Nejaat and recruited ISIS-K fighters in Kabul and arranged for their travel to Nangarhar Province.”
Also according to the report, in late 2016 “Afghan leaders of ISIS-K held planning meetings under the cover of a Salafi solidarity meeting sponsored by Nejaat” and “executive members of Nejaat and prominent Salafi leaders in Afghanistan led the meeting, some of whom were financial supporters of Nejaat.”
The report named “Rohullah Wakil” as one of the “executive members of Nejaat who co-led the meeting.”
The US Treasury described the organization’s raising and distribution of funds for Daesh.
“Nejaat collected donations on behalf of ISIS-K from individuals in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries. Money was then transferred from the Gulf to Asia—via the banking system—where an ISIS-K coordinator would collect the transferred funds. Nejaat's offices in Kabul and Jalalabad distributed the funds to ISIS-K commanders.”
The US Treasury report named individuals:
Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan
“Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan is a leader or official of the Nejaat Social Welfare Organization,” whose property and interests in property have been blocked,” the Treasury report stated, adding “As of 2019, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan was identified as the director of Nejaat. He is located in Kuwait.” The report also described Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan “as an ISIS-K facilitator.”
The report states that Rohullah Wakil has “materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, ISIS-K” and is “an executive member of Nejaat who co-led a 2016 Nejaat Salafi solidary meeting which served as a cover for ISIS-K planning.”
As a result of the US Treasury action, all financial activity or related dealings with Nejaat and the individuals named in the report are prohibited, and any person or group involved in transactions with Nejaat “could be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action.”