WASHINGTON -  The US warned Pakistan Thursday to do more to crack down on the Taliban and Haqqani groups, as it added six officials from the groups to its sanctions blacklist.

The Treasury said five of the six were in charge of raising and transferring funds as well as equipment and materials to support the operations of the closely-linked groups, while the sixth was a senior Taliban military affairs official.

The sanctions ban any individual or company with a US presence from doing business with them. As a result, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and the US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“We are targeting six individuals related to the Taliban or Haqqani Network who have been involved in attacks on Coalition troops, smuggling of individuals, or financing these terrorist groups,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

He said the action supports the President Donald Trump’s South Asia Strategy by disrupting terrorist organisations and publicly exposing individuals who facilitate their activities.

“The Pakistani government must work with us to deny the Taliban and the Haqqani Network sanctuary and to aggressively target their terrorist fundraising,” he said in a statement.

Three of the four Taliban officials sanctioned, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer, Abdul Samad Sani, and Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai, worked under the head of the Taliban Finance Commission, Gul Agha Ishakzai.  Under his direction they collected funds from drug traffickers, precious stone sales, hostage ransoms and donors to be distributed to Taliban fighters, the Treasury said.

A fourth, Maulawi Inayatullah, was identified as a Taliban military affairs official responsible as recently as 2016 for attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces in Kabul.

Two others placed on the sanctions blacklist - Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi - were said to help the Pakistan-based Haqqani network raise and move money and help fighters travel to the Middle East and beyond.

Faqir Muhammad was called a major Haqqani fundraiser, while Hamidi was described as important in managing the Haqqani network outside of the region, reaching into Syria, Iran, and Turkey, and cooperating with Al-Qaeda.

On top of his Haqqani work, the Treasury said, Hamidi “has also been involved for years in coordinating travel and smuggling activity, to include working with an Iran-based smuggler regarding the travel of persons from Afghanistan to Europe in late 2017.”

In early 2017, Sani sent weapons to Taliban members who later attacked an Afghan National Police (ANP) patrol resulting in the death of an ANP officer and the wounding of two others.

In June, 2015, Sani was a member of the ‘Taliban Senior Shura’ and had received funding to purchase supplies and ammunition for Taliban commanders and fighters engaged in combat in Afghanistan.

In March, 2015, he was personally involved in appointing special representatives to serve as Taliban fundraisers abroad. Sani served as the Taliban’s deputy finance commissioner, and also as the governor for the Afghan Central Bank during the Taliban regime. In the fall of 2017, Baseer provided Taliban commanders with tens of thousands of dollars for attacks in Kunar province of Afghanistan.

In early 2016, he hosted meetings with leaders of the Taliban to convince them to support the then supreme leader of the Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur.

Baseer was the financial adviser to the Taliban’s Peshawar Military Council and head of the Taliban’s Peshawar Financial Commission in early 2010. He personally delivers money from the Taliban’s leadership Shura to Taliban groups.

Popalzai has served for several years at the Taliban Finance Commission and was in-charge of the Taliban’s finances for southern and western Afghanistan, including Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Herat, Zabul, Uruzgan, and Farah provinces.

In late 2016, Inayatullah operated as the overall Taliban member responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Kabul. He provided financial support and other materials for the attack planners.