The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council has unanimously decided to designate Makki as a global blacklist after China pulled out of blocking a joint proposal by India and the US to blacklist Makki, the deputy chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The way has been cleared for his inclusion in the terrorist list.
India has achieved a major diplomatic victory against Pakistan on the terrorism front. The United Nations has declared Abdul Rehman Makki, the deputy chief of Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, as a global terrorist. The Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council has unanimously decided to designate Makki as a global blacklist after China pulled out of blocking a joint proposal by India and the US to blacklist Makki, the deputy chief of Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The way has been cleared for his inclusion in the terrorist list.
The 1267 ISIL (Daesh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday included 68-year-old Makki in the list of designated terrorists. There is a provision to confiscate the property of the people included in this list, to impose travel and arms restrictions on them. For this, India and its allies were trying for years. Seven days after Pakistan’s close ally China blocked a joint proposal by India and the US on June 16, 2022 to list JuD/LeT’s head of political affairs and Makki, a relative of LeT chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, as a global terrorist This happened after a month.
When asked why China decided to end the ban on Makki’s global terrorist blacklist, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin defended the decision, saying that the list of terrorists is part of the global anti-terrorist program. conducive to enhancing cooperation. He praised Islamabad for supporting the counter-terrorism efforts.
“Terrorism is the common enemy of humanity… The 1267 Committee (of the United Nations Security Council) is an important international counter-terrorism mechanism and the designation of terrorists or terrorist organizations under the auspices of the United Nations as terrorists,” Wenbin told a press conference in Beijing. conducive to enhancing international counter-terrorism cooperation towards tackling the threats.” India welcomed the decision to designate Makki as a global terrorist and said the threat from terrorist organizations in the region is very high and has been sanctioned and listed by the UNSC Jana is an effective medium to destroy such threats and terrorist infrastructure in the region.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India will continue to press the international community to take credible, verifiable and irreversible action against terrorism. He said that Makki has been involved in several leadership roles in Lashkar-e-Taiba, including raising funds for the organization. Bagchi said that the threat from terrorist organizations in the region is very high and sanctions and listing by the UN Security Council are effective means to dismantle such threats and terrorist infrastructure in the region.
The decision to list an individual or organization under the 1267 Sanctions Committee is taken unanimously. The fifteen-member Security Council created the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee, in which China was the only country with the right of veto as a permanent member, which blocked the process of listing Makki. In June last year, there was no consensus on listing Makki under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee after China blocked a joint resolution between India and the US.
As per the guidelines of the Committee, a member may request for more time to consider a motion by withholding the decision. During the period of validity of stay on a matter, the decision on that matter shall be deemed to be “pending”. The member of the committee who imposed the stay has to give an update after three months on the progress towards the resolution of the pending case. If the moratorium on a resolution is lifted, the UN Secretariat shall immediately notify the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee and inform the relevant Member States of the Committee’s decision.
But now after China lifted the ban, Makki has finally been declared a global terrorist by the UNSC Sanctions Committee. China has been repeatedly obstructing efforts by India and its allies to list terrorists based in Pakistan. In 2019, India got a major diplomatic victory at the United Nations when the world body designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, for which India had approached the UN nearly a decade ago.
China was the only country in the 15-nation body to “technically block” the attempt to blacklist Azhar. In the year 2009, India proposed to include Azhar in the terrorist list. Subsequently, the US, UK and France also made similar efforts together in 2016 and 2017 respectively, but on all these occasions China blocked India’s proposal for approval in the Sanctions Committee. The Sanctions Committee cited Makki’s name as the reason for including it in the list, saying that Makki and other Lashkar/JuD members were involved in “funding, recruitment, radicalization of youth to violence and in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir”. involved in planning the attacks.
The UN said in a press release that Makki is the “deputy emir/chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba alias Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and heads the political affairs wing of the JuD/LeT”. He has been the head of Lashkar’s foreign affairs department and a member of the shura (governing body). Former Indian diplomats have described the inclusion of Makki in this list as a major diplomatic success of the country. Reacting to the development, India’s former Permanent Representative to the UN T S Tirumurti told PTI that the inclusion of Makki’s name in the list was a “major breakthrough” for “Indian diplomacy”.
Tirumurti said, “India’s first terrorist listing proposal will be approved in the Security Council and further terrorist attacks from Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir will be clearly mentioned.” There has been a significant increase in India’s presence in the Council and the focus on counter-terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, as Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee. In 2022, India proposed to list maize before the UNSC Sanctions Committee.
India was a member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-22 term and Tirumurti was the chairman of the UN Anti-Terrorism Committee last year before retiring from the Indian Foreign Service. In a tweet, India’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said, “Another success of Indian diplomacy. Abdul Rahman Makki designated by the UN Sanctions Committee,… the search is on for the rest.
India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations led by Akbaruddin had scored a major diplomatic victory in May 2019 when the world body designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. India had been trying for nearly a decade to ban Azhar, the mastermind of the Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016. The UN Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee said Makki is “wanted by the Government of India” for having links with, financing, plotting, and directly or indirectly assisting ISIL or al-Qaeda. But it has been included in this list because of its support to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Born in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Makki is a US-designated terrorist and a member of JuD’s Markazi (Central) team and Dawati (Conversion) team. The sanctions committee said, “Makki was arrested by the Government of Pakistan on May 15, 2019 and was under house arrest in Lahore. In 2020, a Pakistani court convicted Makki of terrorism financing and sentenced him to prison. “The sanctions committee said Makki held top positions in LeT and JuD, was involved in major attacks, including the Lashkar attack on the Red Fort. has been responsible for or has been involved in.
Six Lashkar terrorists stormed the Red Fort on December 22, 2000 and fired indiscriminately at the security forces guarding the fort. Describing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as “the most heinous attack by Lashkar in India”, the committee noted that 10 Lashkar terrorists from Pakistan entered Mumbai through the Arabian Sea with pre-determined targets, among whom was Amir Ajmal. Kasab was captured alive and the rest were killed.
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