Pakistan’s effort to name Indian national as UN terrorists has been blocked by United States.
Pakistan’s effort to classify an Indian individual as a United Nations-designated foreign terrorist has been rejected by five countries, including India. Islamabad had prepared to file a complaint against Gobinda Patnaik Duggivalasa with the UN Security Council’s 1267 committee, alleging that he was involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
The United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Albania all backed India’s ambition. Three of the countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council, with Albania serving as the Council’s President for the month. The same name was rejected by 5 members of the committee again in 2020. Pakistan’s bid to reinstate him on the UN Security Council’s list is considered as a waste of time. T.S. Tirumurti, India’s UN representative, described it at the time as “Pakistan’s brazen attempt to politicise the 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour.”
Pakistan’s blatant attempt to politicize 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour, has been thwarted by UN Security Council. We thank all those Council members who have blocked Pakistan’s designs. @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @PMOIndia @harshvshringla
— Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) September 2, 2020
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The news comes after China put a stop to the UN’s designation of Lashkar-e-second-in-command Tayyiba’s Abdul Rehman Makki last week. While China’s hold would stay for six months, all UNSC members have rejected Pakistan’s effort to relist the Indian national.
On June 1, India and the United States jointly presented the idea to the members of the United Nations Security Council 1267 committee, also known as the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda (Daesh) and ISIL Sanctions Committee. The 16th was the last day for any objections to be raised before China put a hold on them.
The US government has placed a $2 million bounty on Makki’s head, and both Washington and Delhi have designated him as a terrorist under local legislation. He is Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law and a close associate of al-Ayman Qaeda’s al-Zawahiri and Taliban leadership.
The trend is being seen as China’s backing for Pakistan at the United Nations, a pattern that has been observed in other multilateral organisations.