China thwarts India and US’s UN endeavor to blacklist Sajid Mir, the LeT terrorist accused in the 26/11 attacks

Sajid Mir

China thwarts India and US’s UN endeavor to blacklist Sajid Mir, the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist wanted for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

In a move that hampers international efforts to combat terrorism, China blocked a joint proposal put forward by India and the United States at the United Nations. The proposal aimed to designate Sajid Mir, a key member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the accused mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, as a global terrorist.

The proposal, devised by the United States and co-sponsored by India, sought to declare Sajid Mir as a global terrorist, leading to the freezing of his assets, a travel ban, and an arms embargo. However, China’s opposition derailed the initiative, preventing the international community from taking unified action against Mir.

China’s decision comes after it previously placed a hold on the proposal to designate Mir at the UN in September of the previous year. This recent blockade by Beijing further deepens the stalemate.

Sajid Mir, believed to be in his mid-40s, remains one of India’s most wanted terrorists, with the United States offering a $5 million bounty for his capture in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. In June of the previous year, Mir was sentenced to over 15 years in prison in Pakistan for his involvement in a terrorism financing case.

Despite claims by Pakistani authorities that Mir had died, Western nations remained skeptical and demanded evidence to support the claim. This issue became a significant point of contention during the Financial Action Task Force’s assessment of Pakistan’s progress in implementing its action plan last year.

Mir, serving as a senior member of LeT, played a central role in planning, preparing, and executing the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, according to the US State Department. Beijing’s repeated holds on listings to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists under the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee showcase its consistent support for Islamabad as an all-weather ally.

Sajid Mir

The US State Department has further stated that Mir has been a prominent member of LeT since approximately 2001. During his tenure from 2006 to 2011, Mir oversaw LeT’s external operations and directed several terrorist attacks on behalf of the organization. Additionally, he was involved in a conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack against a newspaper and its employees in Denmark between 2008 and 2009. In April 2011, Mir was indicted in the United States for his role in the Mumbai attacks.

In August 2012, the US Department of the Treasury designated Mir as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, resulting in the blocking of all his property and interests subject to US jurisdiction and imposing a general prohibition on transactions with him for US individuals. Mir’s status on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List highlights the severity of his international threat, as indicated on the State Department website.

China’s obstruction of the joint proposal not only shields a wanted terrorist from international consequences but also raises concerns about its commitment to combating terrorism and fostering global security cooperation. The move underscores the challenges faced in achieving consensus and unified action against individuals and groups involved in acts of terror.

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