New Delhi: China has blocked a proposal by India and the US to list Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Shahid Mehmood as a global terrorist in the United Nations.
New Delhi: On Wednesday, China has blocked a proposal by India and the US to list Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Shahid Mehmood as a global terrorist in the United Nations.
This is the fourth case that Dragon has refused to blacklist terrorists. Mahmood has been identified as a long-time senior member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. He has been a member of the group since 2007. The US government’s Treasury Department under the Obama administration identified Mahmood as a LeT publications wing member in 2013.
In fact, China had blocked the proposal of India and the US to designate Mahmood as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council. This is the fourth time in as many months that China has blocked listing of proposals to designate Pakistan-based terrorists as global terrorists.
The US Treasury Department designated Mahmood as a global terrorist in December 2016. For the unversed, back in 2020, the central government had designated 18 key operatives and leaders of groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and gang members of Dawood Ibrahim as individual terrorists under the amended Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
He is a close aide of Sajid Mir, the terror mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and whose designation was also blocked by China at the UNSC in September.
Mahmood worked for the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), the so-called humanitarian wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which raises funds for terrorism under the guise of raising funds for humanitarian causes. He was its leader in Karachi till 2014.