July 30th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

5 former Taliban members off U.N. sanctions list

UNITED NATIONS — Two former Taliban envoys, one to the United Nations and the other to Pakistan, are among five people who've been removed from a U.N. Security Council sanctions list, the council said.

Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad Awrang had been the group's representative to the United Nations when it ruled Afghanistan before the U.S.-led invasion after the September 11, 2001, attack. Abdul Salam Zaeef was the Taliban's ambassador to Islamabad, Pakistan.

Abdul Satar Paktin, who served in the Taliban ministries of foreign affairs and public health, was also among the five.

Two others on the list are reportedly dead. One is Muhammad Islam Mohammadi, governor of Bamiyan province during Taliban rule, and the other is Abdul Samad Khaksar, who served in the Taliban government.

The council's al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions committee approved the deletion of these names after it reviewed the list.

People on the list come under an asset freeze, a travel ban and an arms embargo.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the Security Council to remove some people from the list as it works to find common ground with some who used to be linked to the Taliban.

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