For the third time in three months, China halted an Indo-US joint effort to place a Pakistan-based terrorist on the UN Security Council’s 1267 list, stalling a proposal to add it. Lashkar-e-Taiba Commander Sajid MiroWho is wanted for the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks as well as the attacks in the US and Denmark.
Mir is currently lodged in a Pakistani jail. found guilty of financing terrorism In a quick test earlier this year.
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The move came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand on Thursday in New York, where the Eurasian grouping agreed to take strong and coordinated action against terrorism in the region. Were.
India has already criticized China For its “double standards” and for being “two-faced” on the issue of terrorism, the UNSC 1267 list consistently prevents Pakistan-based terrorists from being listed, despite the fact that the groups they belong to have been around for decades. were previously listed.
At the SCO meeting on Friday, President Xi in his address talked about the need for concrete action on terrorism by the group’s eight members. SCO members include India, Pakistan, China, Russia and four Central Asian states.
Briefing the media, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra had said that PM Modi had raised the issue even during restricted meetings with leaders in Samarkand and agreed on a new “unified list” of terrorists, separatists and extremist organizations Was.
“I should mention that each of the SCO member states was very clear in recognizing the threat that this challenge poses to our region and through the membership of the SCO,” Mr. Kwatra said.
Mir’s case has been particularly serious because, despite his being on India’s UAPA’s most wanted list and the US FBI’s most wanted list, he has not yet been on the UNSC list.
In the 26/11 attacks trial, Mir was identified as recruiting and training attackers including Ajmal Kasab, sending David Headley to Mumbai to conduct reconnaissance operations and directing the killings during the three-day siege of Mumbai. , especially in Chabad. House.
as Hindu Reported in June, the discrepancy was pointed out as relief from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) pressured Pakistan to take further action on terror groups, which are fighting UNSC 1267-listed terrorists around the world. takes action against.
Mir is also wanted for involvement in blasphemous cartoons on a Danish newspaper, attacks on Australian nuclear and military installations, arms purchases and recruiting terrorists in France and the US, where training LeT operatives in the “Virginia Paintball Jihad” case. Giving was involved. In a paintball facility.
As of December 2021, Pakistani officials who insisted that Mir had died earlier this year told the FATF that he had been arrested, convicted within weeks and under the Pakistan Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). , 1997) was sentenced, including six. Months for being a member of the banned organization Lashkar-e-Taiba; Eight years to provide financing and assets to the organization; and another seven years for knowingly providing assistance to organizations for terrorist activities.
Despite the agreement, the Chinese government moved to block the list on the UNSC list, raising some questions about how much of a similar process would be followed at the SCO.
According to officials, the US proposed a co-sponsored by India in early September, as did Lashkar-e-Taiba deputy chief Abdur Rehman Makki and Jaish-e-Mohammed deputy chief Rauf Asghar in June. was offered.
In each case, Beijing has moved to put a moratorium on the process, which could freeze each listing for up to six months, followed by another six months, after which it can either accept or permanently block the offer. can choose. The listing mandates countries to ensure that the designated terrorist is prosecuted, and does not possess money, weapons or travel outside their jurisdiction.