China blocks India-US move against 'global terrorist' at UN

China has, for the fourth time, put a hold on a proposal moved at the United Nations by India and co-supported by the US to list Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba member Shahid Mahmood as a "global terrorist".

The US and India moved the proposal on October 19 to blacklist Mahmood under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council as a global terrorist. It is the fourth time that China has blocked an India-US proposal in recent months after Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Sajid Mir, LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Abdul Rehman Makki, as well as Abdul Rauf Azhar, the brother of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) chief Masood Azhar, were protected by Beijing.

Earlier, in September, China blocked the proposal of designating Sajid Mir as a "global terrorist." Mir is a top Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) commander and is in charge of the "India Setup" of LeT.

Sajid Mir is one of the masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He was responsible for the largest ever overseas LeT terror attack resulting in the death of nationals of several countries including India and Western countries.

Shahid Mahmood has served as the vice chairman of Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a humanitarian and fundraising arm of LeT. FIF was designated as an alias for LeT. In 2014, Mahmood was the leader of FIF in Karachi. In August 2013, Mahmood was identified as a LeT publications wing member, according to the US Department of Treasury.


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