In the Security Council, China opposed putting Sajid Mir on the global terrorist list, still wanted for the 2008 massacres that left 166 dead. The measure would have meant the freezing of their assets and a travel ban on all member countries. This gesture coincides with Modi’s visit to the United States. Delhi’s anger: “The fight against terrorism, sabotaged by geopolitical interests.”
New York ( / Agencies) – Just as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the United States, China prevented the UN Security Council, meeting in New York, from including Sajid Mir on the world terrorist list , a Pakistani wanted for his role in the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which left 166 dead and more than 300 injured.
The proposal had been submitted by India and the United States to the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. If Mir were declared an international terrorist, he would be subject to an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. Already last September, he had filed technical objections freezing the proposal.
In June 2022, a Pakistani court had sentenced Sajid Mir – still a fugitive – to more than 15 years in prison for his involvement in a terrorist financing case. The verdict had come just as Pakistan was trying to get off the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the world watchdog for money laundering and terrorist financing.
The Indian authorities consider Mir to be responsible for the 2008 massacres. At a UN anti-terrorist summit held in Bombay last year, they played audio in which the Pakistani led the attack on Chabad House, the Jewish institution attacked along with the great hotels.
Delhi reacted harshly to Beijing’s move: “If for purely geopolitical interests we don’t get terrorists outlawed all over the world in accordance with the architecture set out by the Security Council,” said Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Prakash Gupta, “then it means that there is no political will to sincerely fight terrorism.”