UNSC promises to take up Lakhvi issue
A committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), has assured India that it will take up the issue of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi at its next meeting.
India had expressed concern that Lakhvi’s release from a Pakistani jail violates the provisions of the United Nations. India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji had written a letter to the Chair of the UNSC Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee Ambassador Jim McLay expressing concern over the Lashkar-e-Taiba, LeT commander’s release.
As per reports, acknowledging India’s concerns, McLay responded to the letter and assured that the matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the committee in a few days. The committee had listed in December 2008 Lakhvi as a terrorist associated with LeT and Al-Qaeda India also pointed out that as a listed terrorist, Lakhvi can neither receive or give money since all his assets and financial resources have to be frozen.
Any bail money posted for Lakhvi is also a violation of the provisions of the sanctions committee since he is listed terrorist.
As a listed terrorist, Lakhvi is subject to assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. The committee said that as chief of operations and military commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Lakhvi has directed its operations, including in Iraq and South-East Asia.
“In past years, Lakhvi has played an important role in LeT fundraising activities, receiving donations from al-Qaida affiliates on behalf of Lashkar-e-Taiba. He has also managed a training camp in Afghanistan,” according to the committee website.
The release of Lakhvi had also raised concerns in the United States of America, United Kingsom, Russia, France and Germany with Washington calling for him to be rearrested.