India’s Exterior Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar made an oblique comment on China at UNSC after Beijing blocked a proposal by the US and India on the United Nations to blacklist prime Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Sajid Mir, one in every of India’s most needed terrorists and the principle handler of the lethal 2008 Mumbai assaults.
Jaishankar mentioned that the Safety Council should ship an unambiguous and unequivocal message on this rely… politics ought to by no means ever present cowl to evade accountability.
Talking on the UNSC assembly, Jaishankar mentioned, “The battle in opposition to impunity is important to the bigger pursuit of securing peace and justice. The Safety Council should ship an unambiguous and unequivocal message on this rely. Politics ought to by no means ever present cowl to evade accountability… nor certainly to facilitate impunity. Regrettably, we’ve seen this of late on this very chamber, in terms of sanctioning a few of the world’s most dreaded terrorists.”
“…if egregious assaults dedicated in broad daylight are left unpunished, this council should replicate on the alerts we’re sending on impunity. There should be consistency if we’re to make sure credibility,” Jaishankar mentioned.
It’s learnt that Beijing put a maintain on Thursday on the proposal moved by the US and co-designated by India to blacklist Mir below the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Safety Council as a world terrorist and topic him to belongings freeze, journey ban and arms embargo.
Mir India’s most needed
Mir is one in every of India’s most needed terrorists and has a bounty of USD 5 million positioned on his head by the US for his position within the 26/11 Mumbai terror assaults carried out by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists.
In June this 12 months, he was jailed for over 15 years in a terror-financing case by an anti-terrorism court docket in Pakistan, which is struggling to exit the gray record of the Paris-based Monetary Motion Process Drive (FATF).
Pakistani authorities had prior to now claimed Mir had died, however Western nations remained unconvinced and demanded proof of his dying. This situation turned a significant sticking level in FATF’s evaluation of Pakistan’s progress on the motion plan late final 12 months.
Mir is a senior member of the Pakistan-based LeT and is needed for his involvement within the November 2008 terrorist assaults in Mumbai.
“Mir was LeT’s operations supervisor for the assaults, enjoying a number one position of their planning, preparation and execution,” the US State Division has mentioned.
Final month, China had put a maintain on a proposal by the US and India on the United Nations to blacklist Abdul Rauf Azhar, the brother of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) chief Masood Azhar and a senior chief of the Pakistan-based terror organisation. Abdul Rauf Azhar, born in 1974 in Pakistan, was sanctioned by the US in December 2010.
Beijing, an all-weather good friend of Islamabad, has repeatedly put holds on listings to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists below the sanctions committee of the UN Safety Council.
In June this 12 months, China had put a maintain, on the final second, on a joint proposal by India and the US to record Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki below the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Safety Council.
Makki is a US-designated terrorist and brother-in-law of Lashkar-e-Taiba head and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
New Delhi and Washington had put a joint proposal to designate Makki as a world terrorist below the 1267 ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Safety Council however Beijing positioned a maintain on this proposal on the final minute.
The US State Division had mentioned that Mir has been a senior member of LeT since roughly 2001.
From 2006 to 2011, Mir was in command of LeT’s exterior operations and deliberate and directed numerous terrorist assaults on behalf of the group. Moreover, Mir allegedly conspired to commit a terrorist assault in opposition to a newspaper and its workers in Denmark between 2008 and 2009.
For his position within the Mumbai assaults, Mir was indicted in the USA in April 2011.
In August 2012, the US Division of the Treasury designated Mir as a Specifically Designated World Terrorist.
On account of this designation, amongst different penalties, all property and pursuits within the property of Mir which are topic to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US individuals are typically prohibited from partaking in any transactions with Mir.
“Mir is on the FBI’s Most Wished Terrorists Record. He’s believed to reside in Pakistan,” in accordance with data on the State Division web site.
(With inputs from PTI)