India welcomes UN’s global terror tag for Makki

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India will continue to press the international community to take credible, verifiable and irreversible action against terrorism, Bagchi said…reports Asian Lite News

India on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to declare Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Abdul Rehman Makki a global terrorist.

“We welcome the decision of the UN Security Council’s ISIL and Al Qaida Sanctions Committee to list Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki, who is also the brother-in-law of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said while responding to media queries.

He further added that threats from terrorism in the region remain high and sanctions by the UNSC are an effective tool to curb such threats.

India will continue to press the international community to take credible, verifiable and irreversible action against terrorism, Bagchi said.

The spokesperson informed that Makki has occupied various leadership roles in LeT, including raising funds for the organisation.

He said India remained committed to pursuing a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism and will continue to press the international community to take credible, verifiable and irreversible action against terrorism.

Makki was designated a global terrorist by the UN after China lifted its hold on a joint India-US proposal to blacklist the LeT’s deputy chief, subjecting him to an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo, after years of efforts by India and its allies.

His listing comes seven months after China, a close ally of Pakistan, had put a hold on a joint proposal by India and the US to designate the head of the political affairs wing of JuD/LeT.

Who is Makki?

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Makki, born on December 10, 1954, in Pakistan, is the head of the Political Affairs Wing and of the Foreign Relations Department of LeT.

Makki, LeT’s Deputy Chief, is involved in collecting funds for the terror outfit. He is a close relative of LeT Chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

He was the mastermind behind seven attacks in India including the attack on Red Fort in 2000.

His other major terror attacks in India include the Rampur camp attack in 2008, Baramulla, Srinagar and Bandipora attacks in 2018, as well as the assassination of well-known Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bhukari in the same year.

LeT was behind the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attack.

According to the MHA, Makki was also involved in planning an IED blast inside the Odeon Theatre in Hyderabad on May 7, 2006.

The U.S. government has announced a reward of $ 2million on Makki.

The U.S. and India had declared Makki a terrorist under their laws prior to the UNSC’s decision.

In 2019, the Government of Pakistan arrested Makki for carrying out terror incidents.

Later in 2020, a court in Pakistan held Makki guilty of terror funding.

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