Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 00:19 IST
A Pakistani man named by the United Nations as a world terrorist in connection to the Mumbai assaults launched a video Thursday, denying any al-Qaida or Islamic State group hyperlinks. He didn’t, nonetheless, make any point out of the 2008 terrorist assaults in India that killed 166 folks.
The U.N. on Tuesday designated Abdul Rehman Makki, 68, an anti-India militant being held in Pakistan, as a terrorist, the world physique’s second such designation in connection to the Mumbai assaults.
He is a senior determine within the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which is principally lively within the disputed Himalayan area of Kashmir. He was arrested in 2019 and convicted a yr in a while prices of terror financing, a sentence unrelated to the 2008 terrorist assaults.
On Thursday, Makki launched a video assertion saying the U.N. took motion towards him with out listening to his testimony.
He insisted he by no means met al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. Navy SEALs raid in 2011 in his hiding place in Pakistan’s northwestern metropolis of Abbottabad, or bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, final July.
Makki additionally stated the U.N. Security Council violated his rights in blacklisting him with out listening to his facet of the story. He additionally claimed he by no means took half in “any terrorist exercise” in his life.
The U.N. Security Council committee overseeing sanctions against al-Qaida and Islamic State extremists and their associates put Makki on the sanctions blacklist after approval by the council’s 15 members. Under the U.N. measure, his assets can be frozen and he will also face a travel ban.
After Makki’s blacklisting, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism and supports counter-terrorism efforts at the international level, including at the U.N.
However, although convicted, Makki is not in prison but under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Pakistan.
Makki is a close relative of Hafiz Saeed, a militant leader accused of orchestrating the Mumbai attacks. Saeed, 72, is serving a 31-year prison sentence and was designated a terrorist by the United States and the U.N. Security Council after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Saeed, like Makki, was never charged in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attacks, which further strained relations between bitter regional rivals Pakistan and India.
In the video, Makki spoke at length about Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety. Since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan and India, have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.
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