China opposes an Indian-American request to penalise Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki before the UNSC
According to sources, India and the United States proposed in June to add Pakistani terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki to the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda and ISIL Sanctions Committee, also known as the UNSC 1267 Committee.
Makki has previously been designated as a terrorist by both India and the United States.
In India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, he has been involved in gathering cash, recruiting and radicalising youth to violence, and organising attacks.
Makki is Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 mastermind. The proposal to place Makki under the UN Security Council sanctions regime was sent to all members of the Council’s 1267 Committee under a no-objection procedure until June 16, according to reports.
According to sources, China has put a “technical stop” on the plan to list Makki. The choice made by Beijing is quite terrible. It contradicts China’s claims to be fighting terrorism. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time China has erected barriers to the naming of known terrorists. It has already refused to identify Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the Pakistan-based and UN-proscribed terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
China should reflect on its response that signals double standards in combating terrorism. Protecting well-known terrorists from sanctioning in this manner will only undermine its credibility and risk exposing even itself more to the growing threat of terrorism. (ANI)