The need of the hour is to adopt a common strategic vision to emphasise secular tolerance and moderation in which India must play its part by preparing a case for cross-border terrorism before the international community.
Abhinav Mehrotra, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Biswanath Gupta, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
As China blocks the joint proposal by the US and Indian governments to designate Abdul Rehman Makki, a US-designated terrorist and brother-in-law of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed, as a global terrorist on June 16, 2022, based on a ‘technical hold’ under United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee, a larger question arises over how to deal with the issue of terrorism in South Asia — a concern for the entire humanity – tackle countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are considered safe haven for terrorist groups.
This proposal was tabled jointly by India and US at the Security Council Meeting. Beijing’s decision is extremely unfortunate and against the interest of counter-terrorism. China had repeatedly blocked the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief Masood Azhar until 2019 and others before this.
There is a pile of evidence against Abdul Makki that he is part of command and control of United Nations Security Council designated terrorist organisation LeT and later named Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which is also a United Nations Security Council designated terrorist organisation.
India believes that Makki is responsible for the Red Fort attack in 2000 and recent attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. He is designated as a terrorist under India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the US’ Designed Global Terrorist with a $2 million reward for information that would convict him.
China’s action to defend Makki and previous designations that it blocked as ‘technical objections’ based on some procedural loopholes are based upon the pattern of clearly protecting Pakistan internationally.
Published in: CNN-News18
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