New Delhi: The proposal of India and the US to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Talah Saeed, son of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, has once again put on hold by China for the second consecutive day.
A 46-year-old Hafiz Talha Saeed is a prominent leader of the terrorist group Lashkar and the son of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. In April this year, he was declared a terrorist by the Indian government.
According to media reports, China has blocked the proposal to include Hafiz Talah Saeed under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council. This is the second time in less than two days that Beijing has dealt such a blow to India and the US.
China has blocked a proposal submitted to designate a Pakistan-based terrorist as a global terrorist.
In a notification, India’s Home Ministry had said that Hafiz Talah Saeed has been actively involved in recruiting, collecting and planning Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and carrying out attacks in Indian interests in India and in Afghanistan.
He has been actively visiting various LeT centres across Pakistan and propagating jihad against Indian interests in India, Israel, the United States and other Western countries.
According to media reports, Hafiz Talha Saeed is a senior leader of Lashkar and the head of the cleric wing of the terrorist organization.
Mahmood was also rescued by China
Beijing also blocked a proposal by India and the US to designate 42-year-old Mahmood as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
The US Treasury Department in December 2016 named Mahmood as well as another LeT leader Muhammad Sarwar as part of the crackdown “to disrupt LeT’s fundraising and support network”.
Mahmood served as vice-president of the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), the humanitarian and fundraising arm of Lashkar-e-Taiba. In 2014, Mahmood was the FIF leader in Karachi. In August 2013, Mahmood was identified as a member of the publishing wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Mahmood’s claim on India and the US
“Mahmood was previously part of the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s foreign operations team led by Sajid Mir. Further, in August 2013, Mahmood was directed to have secret links with Islamist organisations in Bangladesh and Burma and by the end of 2011, Mahmood claimed that LeT’s primary concern should be to attack India and the US,” officials said.