The US State Department has designated both the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) and Jama’at ul Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ) as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”.
These two Pakistan-based Islamist groups have links to the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba and one of them is blamed for the 2014 Peshawar school massacre.
Following this, any assets owned by the TGG or JDQ in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen, and US law enforcement will be authorized to investigate their activity.
The TGG is linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – and is based in Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan. The faction, US officials believe, was responsible for the December 16, 2014 massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar that left more than 130 children dead — the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history.
The TGG is led by Umar Mansoor, who is also known as the mastermind of the January 2016 attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, that killed 20 and wounded 60 others.
In addition to these attacks, the TGG was responsible for the 2010 kidnapping of a British journalist traveling to North Waziristan, Pakistan, and the 2008 kidnapping and beheading of Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak in Attock, Pakistan.
The second group, the JDQ, is said to be based in Peshawar but to have sworn allegiance to the late leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar.
In addition to this link to the Afghan movement, the State Department says JDQ has alliances with al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
JDQ has been responsible for various attacks, including the infamous 2010 kidnapping and death of British aid worker Linda Norgrove in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Norgrove died after being wounded in the explosion of a grenade thrown by a US Navy SEAL commando during a failed rescue attempt.