China suspends India’s proposal to list Pakistan-based LeT leader as terrorist

The United Nations: China suspended a proposal from India and the United States at the The United Nations to list Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Shahid Mahmood as a global terrorist, the fourth instance in as many months that Beijing has blocked bids to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists from the global body.

China, an all-time ally of Pakistan, is said to have suspended India and the United States’ proposal to designate 42-year-old Mahmood as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. of the UN Security Council.

The US Treasury Department had named Mahmood along with another LeT leader Muhammad Sarwar in December 2016 as part of the move to disrupt Lashkar-e Taiba’s (LeT) fundraising and support networks.

The decision to hold comes at a time when UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is in India paying tribute to the victims of the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. The terrorist attack carried out by LeT in which more than 160 people, including US citizens, were killed.

According to information on the US Treasury Department website, Mahmood is a longtime senior member of LeT based in Karachi, Pakistan, and has been affiliated with the group since at least 2007. From June 2015 to at least June 2016, Mahmood served as Vice President of the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a humanitarian and fundraising arm of LeT.

In 2014, Mahmood was the leader of FIF in Karachi. In August 2013, Mahmood was identified as a member of LeT’s publications wing, the website said.

Mahmood was previously part of LeT’s overseas operations team led by Sajjid Mir… Additionally, in August 2013, Mahmood was tasked with forging covert ties with Islamic organizations in Bangladesh and Burma, and the In late 2011, Mahmood asserted that LeT’s primary concern should be to attack India and America, the US Treasury Department said.

This is the fourth time in as many months that China has suspended nominations to designate Pakistan-based terrorists under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee regime.

In June this year, China suspended, at the last moment, a joint proposal by India and the United States to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki under the 1267 Sanctions Committee against Al-Qaeda of the UN Security Council.

Makki is a US Designated Terrorist and brother-in-law of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. New Delhi and Washington had submitted a joint proposal to designate Makki as a global terrorist under the UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIL and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, but Beijing suspended the proposal at the last minute.

Then, in August, China again suspended a proposal by the United States and India to blacklist the top leader of the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) Abdul Rauf. Azhar.

Azhar, born in 1974 in Pakistan, had been sanctioned by the United States in December 2010. China suspended a proposal by India and the United States to designate Azhar as a global terrorist and subject him to a freeze on assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo. .

The US Treasury Department had in December 2010 appointed Abdul Rauf Azhar, a senior Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) leader, to act for or on behalf of JEM.

The United States said that as a senior JeM leader, Abdul Rauf Azhar urged Pakistanis to engage in militant activities. He served as Acting Head of JEM in 2007, as one of the most senior JEM Commanders in India and as JEM Intelligence Coordinator. In 2008, Azhar was charged with organizing suicide bombings in India. He was also involved in the political wing of JEM and was a JEM official involved in training camps.

In September, Beijing suspended a proposal presented to the United Nations by the United States and co-supported by India to designate terrorist Lashkar-e-Taiba Sajid Mir, wanted for his involvement in the 11/26 terrorist attacks. in Mumbai, like a global terrorist. Mir is one of India’s most wanted terrorists and received a US$5 million bounty placed on his head by the United States for his role in the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

In June this year, he was jailed for more than 15 years in a terrorist financing case by a counterterrorism court in Pakistan, which is struggling to get off the FATF gray list.

Pakistani authorities have previously claimed that Mir was dead, but Western countries remained skeptical and demanded proof of his death. This issue became a major sticking point in the FATF’s assessment of Pakistan’s progress on the action plan late last year.

Mir is a senior Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) official based in Pakistan and is wanted for his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Mir was LeT’s director of operations for the attacks, playing a lead role in their planning, preparation and execution, the US State Department said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in his address to the high-level session of the UN General Assembly in September that “the United Nations responds to terrorism by punishing its perpetrators. Those who politicize the UNSC 1267 sanctions regime, sometimes even to the point of defending proclaimed terrorists, do so at their peril. Believe me, they are not advancing their own interests or even their reputation.

Amid repeated suspensions of proposals to designate terrorists under the UN sanctions regime, Jaishankar had told reporters here last month that terrorism should not be used as a political tool and the idea that something is blocked without giving a reason defies common sense.

We believe that in any process, if a party makes a decision, they should be transparent about it. So the idea that something is blocked without giving a reason, it kind of defies common sense, Jaishankar had said in New York in response to a question from PTI on the issue of blockages and repeated blockages on proposals aimed at to include terrorists under the UN sanctions regime. .

Also earlier, China, an all-time friend of Islamabad, suspended and blocked bids from India and its allies to list Pakistan-based terrorists. In May 2019, India scored a huge diplomatic victory at the UN when the world body named Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar a ‘global terrorist’, a decade after New Delhi first approached the world body on the issue.

A permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto power, China was the only resister on the 15-nation body in Azhar’s attempted blacklist, blocking the attempts by placing a “technical suspension”.

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