India trumps China; Red Fort terror attack mastermind Makki listed as global terrorist

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, January 17: India outsmarted China after 14 of the 15-member United Nations Security Council came together to force Beijing to withdraw the technical hold on designation of the Red Fort terror attack mastermind Abdul Rehman Makki. The designation of Makki in the global terror list has come as a major boost to India’s bid to bring terrorism at the centre stage of the global multilateral forums, while exposing China for unabashedly patronizing the Pakistan-based terrorists.

Makki is the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of the Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been proved by India to have been involved in carrying out terror strikes in India. Pakistan despite having provided with irrefutable evidences of the involvement of LeT and its akas in terror strikes has refused to act against them and continue to provide safe sanctuary to global terrorists. Makki was also involved in the recruitment of terrorists for terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We welcome the decision of UN Security Council’s ISIL and Al Qaida Sanctions Committee to list LeT terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki, who is also brother-in-law of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed. Makki has occupied various leadership roles in LeT, including raising funds for the (terror) organization,” said Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. He reiterated that “threats from terrorist organisations in the region remain high and listings and sanctions by the UNSC are an effective tool to curb such threats and dismantle terror infrastructure in the region”. Bagchi assrted that “India remains committed to pursuing a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism and will continue to press the international community to take action against terrorism”.

It may be recalled that China applied a number of technical holds on multiple occasions to block designations of global terrorists based out of Pakistan and Afghanistan. But India being the head of the Chair of the UNSC made a determined bid to expose the duplicity of China in working in tandem with Pakistan to shield the terrorists. Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had launched a scathing attack on the double-speak of a few nations on the issue of terrorism.

With the G20 Presidency, India is according the centre stage to the issue of terrorism, while seeking a coordinated action from the UN member countries. India is also pressing that there can be no alibi to protect terrorists. India is also arguing the case for undiluted action against terrorists from the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

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