China blocks proposal at U.N. to blacklist Pak-based LeT terrorist and  26/11 accused Sajid Mir - The Hindu

China Vetoes Proposal to Blacklist Sajid Mir, Accused of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks, at the United Nations

In a recent development, China has vetoed a joint proposal by India and the United States at the United Nations (UN) to designate Sajid Mir, a Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist wanted for his alleged involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, as a global terrorist. The proposal, aimed at blacklisting Mir under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, sought to impose various measures such as asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo.

Last year in September, it came to light that China had put a hold on the proposal to designate Mir at the UN. However, China’s recent decision to block the proposal altogether has further complicated the issue, leading to concerns over the potential implications for counterterrorism efforts and international cooperation in combating terrorism.

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, orchestrated by the LeT, left a lasting impact on the global community and underscored the urgent need for collective action against terrorism. Sajid Mir, one of the key accused in the attacks, has been wanted by multiple countries for his alleged role in planning and executing the heinous act of violence that claimed numerous innocent lives.

Sajid Mir was giving instructions to the terrorists in Mumbai attack, India  heard the conversation in UN

The joint proposal by India and the United States sought to designate Mir as a global terrorist, a move aimed at imposing stringent measures to curb his activities, restrict his movement, and cut off any support networks. Such a designation holds significant importance in preventing individuals and entities from engaging in terrorist acts, while also limiting their access to resources and networks that enable terrorism.

China’s decision to block the proposal raises questions and concerns about its commitment to international efforts against terrorism and its adherence to the objectives of the UN Security Council. This action not only hampers the pursuit of justice for the victims of the 26/11 attacks but also undermines global counterterrorism initiatives that rely on international cooperation and consensus.

Terrorism remains a grave threat to peace, security, and stability across the globe. International collaboration and joint efforts are vital in effectively combating this scourge and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. The blocking of the proposal to blacklist Sajid Mir raises concerns about the effectiveness of the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism mechanisms and the need for stronger international consensus on addressing such challenges.

India, the United States, and other nations affected by acts of terrorism must continue to engage diplomatically and work together to address this issue. Persistent efforts should be made to garner broader international support for designating individuals and entities involved in terrorist activities, regardless of their geographical location or political affiliations.

In the face of China’s veto, it becomes crucial for the international community to remain united in their resolve to combat terrorism and uphold the principles of justice, accountability, and international law. By strengthening cooperation, sharing intelligence, and fostering multilateral partnerships, nations can collectively address the threat posed by terrorism and ensure a safer and more secure world for all.