20 Jun CHINA’S stand w.r.t. Abdul Rahman Makki
CHINA’S stand w.r.t. Abdul Rahman Makki – Today Currenst Affair
CONTEXT : China’s decision on June 16 to block the UN Security Council designation of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) deputy chief Abdul Rahman Makki as a terrorist, given that Beijing had repeatedly blocked the designation of the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar until 2019, and other terror designations prior to that.
Here too, the pile of evidence against Abdul Makki is considerable:
- He is part of the command and control of the UNSC-designated terror group LeT, later renamed the Jamaat ud Dawa /(JuD), (also a UN-designated terror group)
- Member of the governing body or “Shura”
- Served as the head of its “foreign relations” department
- Raised funding. The Hindu Analysis
- A member of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed’s family (brother in law)
- He is on India’s UAPA list of designated terrorists and also the U.S.’s Specially Designated Global Terrorists with a $2 million reward for information that would convict him.
India : The Hindu Analysis
- India and the U.S., which forwarded the proposal to put him on the UNSC’s 1267 list of terrorists linked to the al Qaeda and ISIL.
- India wants him for his involvement in attacks over the past two decades, including the Red Fort attack in Delhi in 2000, and more recently, in attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
How India reacted ? New Delhi has termed China’s move as “regrettable” and “extremely unfortunate”.
CHINA : The Hindu Analysis
- While China’s actions may be motivated by growing acrimony with the U.S. and India, it is necessary to analyze the situation beyond bilateral tensions.
- Beijing’s last-minute hold on Makki’s listing came even as the Financial Action Task Force was meeting in Berlin to credit Pakistan’s actions on terror financing, and begin the process to relieve it from the grey list, pending an on-site visit in the next few months, may not be a coincidence. The Hindu Analysis
- While China defends its actions on Makki and previous designations that it blocked as “technical objections” based on “procedural” loopholes, it is clearly part of a pattern of protecting Pakistan internationally.
TO CONCLUDE : The Hindu Analysis
It is also notable that as a result of China’s objections or otherwise, none of the following terror organisations (under UNSC 1267) contains charges against them for any attacks carried out in India-
- LeT commander Zaki ur Rahman Lakhvi in 2008
- Hafiz Saeed in 2009
- Masood Azhar in 2019
The Government of India should continue to gather evidence and systematically build its case on cross-border terrorism on the international stage that cannot be derailed by political or geopolitical considerations.