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China has saved 5 Pakistani terrorists at UNSC

For the second time in two days, China has saved a Pakistani terrorist from being declared a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). On 18 October, China had saved Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Shahid Mehmood from being blacklisted. On 19 October, China used its veto power to save Hafiz Talha Saeed, son of Hafiz Saeed, the of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, from being declared a global terrorist.

Talha is the fifth terrorist from Pakistan whom China has saved from being blacklisted at the this year. China has imposed this hurdle at a time when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in India. His itinerary in the country included paying tribute to the victims of the 26/11 attack in Mumbai by LeT terrorists. 

India and the US had introduced this proposal at the under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee to declare Shahid Mehmood and Hafiz Talha Saeed as global terrorists.

Shahid Mehmood

Shahid Mehmood is one of the oldest LeT terrorists, associated with the terrorist outfit since 2007. In 2013, the US Treasury Department had named Mehmood as a member of LeT's publication wing.

The treasury department said in 2016 that Mehmood's biggest motive was to attack India and the US. He is close to Sajid Mir, one of the masterminds of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. 

China had saved Mir from being blacklisted in the last month.

Mehmood was previously a part of LeT's foreign operations team led by Sajid Mir. In August 2013, Mehmood was instructed to build links with Islamic organisations in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Mehmood works to raise funds for the LeT. Besides, Mehmood has worked for the LeT's wing Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), which raises funds for terrorism in the name of "work for humanity". 

Mehmood served as the vice chairman of the FIF from June 2015 to June 2016. Mehmood was the head of the FIF in till 2014.

Brainwashing Rohingyas

In 2016, the US Treasury Department said that Shahid Mehmood had gone to Bangladesh where he visited Rohingya camps and gave money to the youth there to be admitted to the LeT. Under the Obama administration that year, the US Treasury Department declared Mohammad Sarwar, along with Shahid Mehmood, a global terrorist. Mehmood, Sajid Mir, Makki and Sarwar have worked together to carry out many terrorist incidents.

The governments of India and Bangladesh have spoken in several forums about the risk of Rohingyas falling into terrorist hands. The two governments believe some of the refugees who were persecuted in Myanmar may join terrorist groups based in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mehmood has worked with LeT terrorist Mohammad Sarwar. The two had travelled to Gaza, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Turkey in 2010 to raise funds for the LeT and FIF. It is believed that during this time many youths were recruited in the LeT.

In 2020, the Indian government declared Dawood Ibrahim among 18 key commanders of terrorist groups like LeT, Hizbul, Jaish and Indian Mujahideen as a terrorist under UAPA. Shahid Mehmood was named in this list.

Hafiz Talha Saeed

The Ministry of Home Affairs of India said in a notification that Hafiz Talha Saeed has been playing an important role in planning and carrying out attacks to carry out attacks on Indian people in India and Afghanistan. The LeT also recruits youth and turns them into terrorists.

Talha visits LeT camps in different cities in Pakistan to spread jihad against Indian interests in India, Israel, the US and other western countries. Hafiz Talha Saeed’s brief is to wage jihad against India in Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdul Rehman Makki
Hafiz Saeed's brother-in-law, of terrorist attacks in Kashmir

In June, China saved Pakistan-based LeT terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki from being declared a global terrorist through a veto at the UNSC. A joint proposal was brought against Makki on behalf of India and America.

The US has already declared Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist. India declared it a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). Makki is the brother-in-law of LeT chief and main conspirator of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed.

74-year-old Makki has been playing an important role in the LeT. Makki has been involved in planning, fundraising, recruiting terrorists and radicalizing youths by brainwashing them to carry out violence and attacks in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdul Rauf Azhar
Involved in conspiracy to hijack flight

In August, China blocked a proposal against Abdul Rauf Azhar, a terrorist of the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Azhar was born in 1974 in Pakistan. The US banned Azhar in 2010. According to the US Treasury Department, Azar continues to call on Pakistani people to engage in terrorist activities.

Azhar worked in India in 2007 as a Jaish Acting Commander. In India, he worked as the intelligence coordinator of the JeM. In 2008, Azhar was given the responsibility of carrying out suicide attacks in India. He was associated with the political wing of the JeM and served as its commander in training camps. Azhar was involved in the hijacking of aircraft in 1999.

Sajid Mir
One of the masterminds of 26/11 attack

In September, China saved Pakistan-based LeT terrorist Sajid Mir from being declared a global terrorist at the UNSC. LeT terrorist Sajid Mir was involved in the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Mir is one of the most wanted terrorists of India. For his role in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, the US placed a reward of $5 million on him, or Rs 41 crore.

In June this year, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced Mir to more than 15 years in prison to extricate the country from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for terror financing. Although Pakistani officials had earlier claimed that Mir was dead, Western countries did not agree and asked for proof. This became an important issue against Pakistan in the meeting at the end of last year.

According to the US State Department, Mir is the manager of LeT's terrorist operation. He has been instrumental in planning, preparing and executing these attacks.

Process of blacklisting

The 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee is an important part of the UNSC, under which international sanctions are imposed on terrorists. This committee was formed in the year 1999. It was further strengthened after the terrorist attacks in the US in September 2001. It is now known as the Islamic State Group and the Al Qaeda Sanction Committee.

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