After UN puts terror tag on Pakistan’s prized terrorist, broke and isolated Islamabad pulls out olive branch | India News

WASHINGTON: The UN Security Council on Monday designated Pakistani national Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist after China lifted its technical hold on the process amid a political and economic meltdown in Islamabad.
Makki, who is the brother-in-law of the like-wise designated Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 perpetrator Hafiz Saeed, was put on the global terror list by the Security Council’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating” terrorist acts or activities by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Specifically, the sanctions committee said Makki and other LET/JUD operatives “have been involved in raising funds, recruiting and radicalizing youth to violence and planning attacks in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).” It held Makki and LET responsible for or having involvement in prominent terror strikes, including the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, attacks on CRPF personnel in Rampur (2008) and Srinagar(2018), and on the Red Fort on December 2000.

Makki, born in Bahawalpur in Punjab Province of Pakistan, is already on the US Department of the Treasury’s “Specially Designated International Terrorist” list. Like Hafiz Saeed, he has been convicted Makki for terror financing and is currently in prison — only on account of international pressure on Islamabad and the dire economic straits Pakistan is in for its nurturing of terrorists and terror groups.
Beijing’s turnaround came amid growing terror attacks on its nationals in Pakistan and a change of Chinese ambassadors in both Washington and Islamabad. China’s ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong returns to Beijing this week, days after its envoy to Washington, Qin Gang, also returned to become the country’s new foreign minister.
For years, Pakistan tried to avert a terrorist designation for itself and the terror groups and operatives it coddled, mainly with Chinese help. But evidently even Beijing ran out of patience, acknowledging, “Terrorism is the common enemy of humanity.”

Pakistan parlous economy and its perilous existence is now talk of the diplomatic circuit after its Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif lamented that a nuclear power like Pakistan had to go around and beg the world for assistance. In an interview with an Arabic news channel, he called for talks with India after acknowledging that three wasteful wars — all of which Pakistan initiated — and its military-driven approach had proved devastating to the country.
Sharif’s office later clarified that talks can only take place after India reverses its “illegal action” revoking Article 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, and without India’s reversal of this step, “negotiations are not possible.”

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