Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 08:01 IST
Pakistan-based deputy chief of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Abdul Rehman Makki launched a video on Thursday from the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, denying any hyperlinks with al-Qaeda or Islamic State.
Makki, the brother-in-law of the Mumbai terror assault mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed, nevertheless, didn’t point out the 26/11 assault that killed 166 folks.
The UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee added 68-year-old Makki to its record of designated terrorists on Monday, subjecting him to an property freeze, journey ban and arms embargo, after years of efforts by India and its allies.
“I imagine that the grounds for my itemizing are based mostly on heresy and disinformation by the Indian authorities. I by no means met Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or Abdullah Azam as alleged by some propaganda reviews,” Makki said.
He has been in jail since 2019 where he is serving multiple sentences in terror finance cases along with Saeed and some other LeT and JuD senior leaders.
He said he considers the views and actions of Al-Qaeda and ISIS totally opposite of what he believes in.
“I denounce all kinds of terrorism and violence perpetrated by such groups. I believe in the principal position of the Pakistani government regarding Kashmir…,” he stated.
He regretted the united states choice to enlist him with out giving truthful alternative to reply to allegations or listening to his viewpoint.
“No due course of was adopted or data was offered concerning these listings,” Makki said.
He denied allegations against him for being a faculty member of Islamic University Islamabad in the 1980s where he was accused of meeting Al-Qaeda leaders or Afghan commanders.
He said that he had not studied or taught at Islamic university and had never had any contact with Abdullah Azam, Ayman Al Zawahiri or Bin Laden.
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