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Abdul Aziz Nuristani

Born: 01 January 1943 to 31 December 1943;

Place of Birth: Du Ab, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan; alt. Parun, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan;

Citizen: Pakistan;

Passport No.: AK1814292 (Pakistan); alt. AK1814291 (Pakistan) issued 22 Nov 2006 expires 21 Nov 2011;

National ID No.: 1730190144291 (Pakistan); alt. 13743484497 (Pakistan);

Address: Takal region, Peshawar, Pakistan;


Nuristani has led the Peshawar, Pakistan-based Jamia Asariya Madrassa for over two decades and has provided support to multiple terrorist groups.

For several years, organizations including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) and Al-Akhtar Trust have used Jamia Asariya as a financial conduit to bring money into Pakistan.

Nuristani has traveled to Gulf countries to raise money for both Jamia Asariya and Al-Turaz Trust, which is an alias for Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust (designated by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, in 2015).

Jamia Asariya distributed thousands of dollars in supplies to LT camps in Pakistan. Individuals affiliated with the Jamia Asariya have also facilitated the provision of housing in Peshawar for Arab fighters with ties to al-Qaida.

Nuristani has also personally supported LT for several years, and his affiliation with the group dates back to at least 2007. Nuristani was previously an LT official in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. As of early 2012, LT selected him to oversee activities in Nuristan and Konar Provinces, Afghanistan. As of late 2010, Nuristani recruited madrassa students to become LT fighters.

Nuristani has also been identified as a Taliban figure as of mid-2010 and at one time funded the operations of a Taliban commander in Nuristan Province. He has provided funding and support for the Taliban, which has recruited fighters from Nuristani’s Jamia Asariya Madrassa in Peshawar.

Nuristani has also served as a conduit of funds to al-Qaida militants. He had a long association with designated Shaykh Aminullah and was responsible for operations in Nuristan.

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