China has once again blocked a proposal put forward by India and the United States at the United Nations Security Council to designate Sajid Mir, a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, as a global terrorist. Sajid Mir is wanted for his involvement in the notorious 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. This move by China has raised concerns and further strained international efforts to combat terrorism effectively.
Despite the joint efforts of India and the US, China prevented the proposal to blacklist Sajid Mir under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. The proposal aimed to subject Mir to measures such as assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo. Beijing’s decision to block the designation raises questions about its commitment to global counter-terrorism efforts and its relationship with Pakistan.
Sajid Mir’s Notoriety:
Sajid Mir is one of India’s most wanted terrorists, and the US has placed a $5 million bounty on his head for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is a senior member of the Pakistan-based LeT and served as the operations manager for the attacks. The US State Department has acknowledged his significant involvement in planning, preparing, and executing the Mumbai attacks.
China’s Stance on Pakistan-based Terrorists:
China has frequently utilized its veto power to obstruct the designation of Pakistan-based terrorists under the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee. This pattern of behavior has raised concerns about China’s role in countering terrorism and its alignment with Pakistan. By blocking the proposal to designate Sajid Mir as a global terrorist, China has once again demonstrated its reluctance to take strong action against individuals involved in cross-border terrorism.
Impact on Global Counter-terrorism Efforts:
China’s decision to block the designation of Sajid Mir has serious implications for international efforts to combat terrorism. It undermines the collective resolve to hold perpetrators accountable and denies justice to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. By shielding individuals involved in terrorist activities, China risks enabling the continuation of such acts and impeding global security initiatives.
International Community’s Response:
China’s action has drawn criticism from the international community, particularly India and the United States, who have been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism. The move raises questions about China’s priorities and its commitment to combating global terrorism. It also highlights the need for stronger mechanisms to address challenges posed by countries using their veto power to protect individuals involved in terrorist activities.