China blocks US and India proposal to blacklist 26/11 LeT handler at UN

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China blocks US and India proposal to blacklist 26/11 LeT handler Sajid Mir at UN

China has again blocked a US-India proposal to the United Nations (UN) to blacklist Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Sajid Mir. This is China’s third such move in four months.

Mir is one of India’s most wanted terrorists and the lead handler for the deadly attacks in Mumbai in 2008. He has been paid a $5 million bounty on his head by the US for his role in the attack.

Beijing is informed on Thursday that the US and co-Indian-designated proposal to blacklist Mir from the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee as a global terrorist and subject him to a global terror freeze has been announced. credits. travel ban and arms embargo.

In June of this year, he was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison in a terrorism financing case by a counter-terrorism court in Pakistan, which is struggling to leave the gray list of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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Pakistani authorities had in the past claimed that Mir had died, but western countries were unconvinced 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 member of Pakistan-based LeT and is wanted for his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

“Mir was LeT’s operations manager before the attacks and played a leading role in planning, preparing and executing them,” the US State Department said.

Last month, China withdrew a US-India proposal to the United Nations to blacklist Abdul Rauf Azhar, the brother of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) chief Masood Azhar and a senior leader of the Pakistan-based terror organization. to make. . Born in Pakistan in 1974, Abdul Rauf Azhar was sanctioned by the US in December 2010.

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Beijing, an all-weather friend of Islamabad, has repeatedly blocked lists to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists under the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee.

By June of this year, China had gotten a last-minute hold on a joint proposal by India and the US to include Pakistani-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki on the UNSC’s 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

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Makki is a US-designated terrorist and brother-in-law to the head and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed of Lashkar-e-Taiba. New Delhi and Washington had submitted a joint proposal to designate Makki as a global terrorist under the UN Security Council’s ISIL-Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of 1267, but Beijing seized the proposal at the last minute. The US State Department had said that Mir has been a senior member of LeT since about 2001.

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From 2006 to 2011, Mir was in charge of LeT’s external operations, planning and directing several terrorist attacks on behalf of the group. In addition, Mir is alleged to have conspired to carry out a terrorist attack against a newspaper and its employees in Denmark between 2008 and 2009.

Mir was charged in the United States in April 2011 for his role in the Mumbai attacks. In August 2012, the US Treasury Department designated Mir as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

As a result of this designation, among other things, all property and interests owned by Mir under US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from transacting with Mir.

“Mir is on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. He is believed to be living in Pakistan,” information said on the State Department’s website.

(With inputs from PTI)

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