UN blacklists LeT deputy chief Abdul Rehman Makki as ‘global terrorist’

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has listed Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist. He is the deputy chief terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and head of the political affairs wing of JUD/LeT.
The UN Security Council‘s 1267 al-Qaida Sanctions Committee added 68-year-old Makki to its list of designated terrorists on Monday after China withdrew its hold on a joint proposal by India and the US.
Makki and other LeT/JUD operatives “have been involved in raising funds, recruiting and radicalising youth to violence and planning attacks in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K),” the sanctions committee said, providing a statement for the reasons of Makki’s listing.
Born in Bahawalpur, Punjab province of Pakistan, Makki is brother-in-law of JUD/LeT chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
In June last year, China had put a hold on a joint proposal by India and the US to list Makki under the 1267 al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
According to a press release issued, Abdul Makki also served as head of LeT’s foreign relations department and member of Shura (governing body).
The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee said Makki, “wanted by the Indian Government”, was listed as being associated with ISIL or al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “recruiting for”, “otherwise supporting acts or activities of”, and “either owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by, or otherwise supporting” Lashkar-e-Taiba.”
Makki is a US-designated terrorist and a member of JUD’s Markazi (Central) Team and Daawati (proselytisation) team.
“Makki was arrested on May 15, 2019 by the Pakistan government and was under house arrest in Lahore. In 2020, a Pakistani court convicted Makki of terrorism financing and sentenced him to prison,” the sanctions committee said.
The sanctions committee said that while Makki has held his leadership positions within LeT and JUD, the LeT has been responsible for or had involvement in prominent attacks including the Red Fort attack in which six LeT terrorists had stormed Red Fort on December 22, 2000 and had opened indiscriminate fire on the security forces guarding the Fort.
Describing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as the “most audacious attack by LeT in India”, the committee said 10 LeT terrorists from Pakistan entered via Arabian Sea in Mumbai with pre-decided targets out of which Amir Ajmal Kasab was caught alive, rest were killed.
In November 2010, the US Department of the Treasury had designated Makki as a specially designated global terrorist. As a result of this designation, among other consequences, all property, and interests in property, of Makki that are subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Makki.
“In addition, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to the FTO LeT,” the US said.
The US department of state’s rewards for justice programme is offering a reward of up to $2 million for information on Makki, “also known as Abdulrahman Maki.
Makki has occupied various leadership roles within Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO). He has also played a role in raising funds for LeT operations.
“In 2020, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court convicted Makki on one count of terrorism financing and sentenced him to prison. The United States continues to seek information on Makki because the Pakistani judicial system has released convicted LeT leaders and operatives in the past,” according to information on the Rewards for Justice website.
With agency inputs

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