Abdul-Rehman Makki designated under UAPA: MHA

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On Thursday, China put a hold on a joint proposal by India and the US to list Makki as a global terrorist under Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. Makki has two different dates of birth listed in official records – December 10, 1954 and December 10, 1948. He is the head of LeT’s political affairs wing and earlier served as foreign relations chief, said officials.

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Abdul-Rehman Makki

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has listed Abdul-Rehman Makki, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group’s 74-year-old second in command, role during its probe into the arrest of LeT militant Bahadur Ali in 2016. Ali aka Shaifullah Mansoor, 21, a Pakistani national was arrested by security forces near Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir and during his interrogation named Makki for indoctrinating him and many others in Pakistan.

On Thursday, China put a hold on a joint proposal by India and the US to list Makki as a global terrorist under Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. Makki has two different dates of birth listed in official records – December 10, 1954 and December 10, 1948. He is the head of LeT’s political affairs wing and earlier served as foreign relations chief, said officials.

Makki, also the brother-in-law of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, was designated by India under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, along with Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks. As per India’s dossier, Makki has been involved in raising funds, recruiting and radicalising youths for violence and planning attacks in India, especially Jammu and Kashmir.

He is believed to have supervised the improvised explosive device (IED) explosion inside Odeon cinema in Hyderabad on May 7, 2006, causing injuries to four persons and the other accused in this case are being investigated by the NIA. On November 4, 2010, the US Department of Treasury declared him a global militant for his involvement in raising funds for LeT, states the home ministry order on Makki.

He was arrested by Pakistan on May 15, 2019, and kept under house arrest. In 2020, he was convicted on charges of terrorism financing and sentenced to prison by a Pakistan court, officials confirmed. The case relates to terror financing using charity organisations, namely Dawat Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust and Al-Hamd Trust. The organisations have been operating in major cities, including Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan.

Earlier also, China, an ally of Pakistan, placed holds and blocks on bids by India and its allies to list Pakistan-based terrorists. However, in May 2019, India won a huge diplomatic win at the United Nations when the global body designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”, a decade after India had first approached the world body on the issue. India alleges that Azhar was involved in the February 2019 Pulwama attacks in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers were killed.

( Originally published on Jun 17, 2022 )

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