China breaches counter-terrorism guideline again; world awaits to see China’s next move on Makki
At the recent BRICS meeting of national security advisors, the Chinese were very gung-ho about fighting terrorism. Days later, after the virtual meeting of the NSAs, at the United Nations, China blocked efforts to ensure action against Pakistan-based Abdul Rehman Makki under the UN Security Council\s Al Qaeda and ISIL sanctions committee also known as the 1267 Committee.
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So, what has Makki been doing? Besides raising funds and recruiting people, Makki has been at the forefront of planning attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. As a senior functionary of the LET he has planned the following attacks:
* 26/11 in Mumbai
* On the Red Fort in December 2000
* On the CRPF camp in Rampur in January 2008
* In Karan Nagar-Srinagar in February 2018
* In Khanpora-Baramulla in May 2018
* In Srinagar in June 2018 and
* In Gurez and Bandipora in August 2018
Pakistani authorities arrested him in May 2019 and kept him under house arrest in Lahore. The next year, he was found guilty of terror financing and imprisoned. But it could well be a fig-leaf and five-star terrorists have been known to receive five-star hospitality in jail.
So, what happens now? The "hold" can last six months, which means that Makki gets free reign till December. It is to be seen whether China decides on a second "hold" as it is entitled to or whether it will decide that it means what it said at the BRICS meeting.