The United Nations:
China today blocked at the last minute a joint proposal by India and the United States to the UN to list Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a ‘global terrorist’ under the UN Security Council ISIS and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
Makki is a US Designated Terrorist and the brother-in-law of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
It is learned that New Delhi and Washington had submitted a joint proposal to designate Makki as a global terrorist under the UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIS and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, but Beijing suspended this proposal at the last minute.
Also earlier, China suspended and blocked offers from India and its allies to list terrorists based in Pakistan.
In May 2019, India scored a huge diplomatic victory at the UN when the world body named Pakistani leader Jaish-e-Mohammed Masood Azhar a “global terrorist”, a decade after New Delhi had approached the global body for the first time. publish.
A permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto power, China was the lone resister in the 15-nation body in an attempt to blacklist Masood Azhar, blocking attempts to placing a “technical suspension”. All committee decisions are made by consensus.
In 2009, India itself proposed to appoint Masood Azhar. In 2016, India again submitted the proposal with the P3 – the US, UK and France in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Masood Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on Pathankot Air Base in January 2016.
In 2017, the P3 nations again presented a similar proposal. However, on all occasions, China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with a right of veto, prevented the adoption of the Indian proposal by the sanctions committee.
Continuing international pressure to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the United States, backed by France and the United Kingdom, had proposed a draft resolution directly to the UN Security Council to blacklist him.
In November 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Makki as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
As a result of this designation, among other consequences, all property and interests in Makki property that is subject to US jurisdiction is blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Makki.
“Furthermore, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to the LeT Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the United States said.
The US State Department’s Rewards for Justice program offers a reward of up to $2 million for information on Makki, “also known as Abdulrahman Maki. Makki served in various positions within Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a company designated by the United States Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). He has also been instrumental in raising funds for LeT’s operations.”
“In 2020, a Pakistani terrorism court found Makki guilty of one count of financing terrorism and sentenced him to a prison term. The United States continues to seek information about Makki because the Pakistani justice system released LeT leaders and agents convicted in the past,” according to information from the Rewards for Justice website.
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