China has voted the resolution regarding the designation of terrorist Sajid Mir, who was allegedly involved in the Mumbai blasts, as an international terrorist by the United Nations. The United States had proposed this in the United Nations, but China has rejected this proposal using the power of veto.
China says it has been playing its role as a responsible member in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Committee’s rules and regulations.
After his arrest in May this year, Sajid Mir was sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison and a fine of Rs 420,000 in June, after which he is currently serving his sentence in Kot Lakhpat jail. China’s policy has been that it considers any such action by any western power in the region as an interference in the affairs of the region, so China will always respond in the same way regarding friendship with Pakistan and interference in the region.
In the United Nations, a resolution was presented to the 1267 Committee of the Security Council to declare Sajid Mir as a global terrorist, after which it was recommended to ban Sajid Mir’s international travel, but China rejected it. Using the right of veto, the implementation of this resolution has been stopped. This is the third time that China has taken such a step in the recent period.
China vetoed the resolution against which members of Lashkar-e-Taiba?
In June this year, in the meeting of the 1267 Sanctions Committee, the joint resolution of India and the United States to ban Abdul Rehman Miki of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba was not allowed to be approved by China on technical grounds. He was accused of receiving money and supporting terrorists. Subsequently, in August, a proposal to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Abdul Rauf Asghar was proposed in the same committee, which was co-sponsored by the United States, but was also vetoed by China. Abdul Rauf Asghar is believed to be accused of plotting the 1999 hijacking of an American plane, the attack on the Indian Parliament and the 2015 Pathankot Airbase attack.
After that, China has once again vetoed the resolution presented regarding declaring Sajid Mir as a global terrorist and imposing sanctions.
Who is Sajid Mir and how did his name come to this list?
Sajid Mir, an alleged terrorist from Lahore, has been said by the Pakistan government in the past to have been killed, but after his arrest in May this year and his trial in less than a month. He has been sentenced to 15 and a half years of imprisonment and is currently imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.
Talking to Voice of America about this, senior journalist Baqir Sajjad Syed said that 44-year-old Sajid Mir is accused of having issued instructions to the attackers for the Mumbai attacks.
Baqir Sajjad said that Sajid Mir got associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba in the year 1994 and was promoted in the organization and held various positions and was attached to the international operations wing. He was directly close to Zakirur Rehman Lakhvi who used to instruct him on such operations.
He said that according to some reports, Sajid Mir also made a secret visit to India in 2005 and he stayed in India as a cricket fan for 15 days.
Sajid Mir’s name came up for the first time in 2002 when he tried to purchase military equipment with the help of his colleagues in Virginia, USA. In the process of planning Sajid Mir’s Mumbai attacks, the name of David Headley came up with him, who after his arrest gave all the details regarding Sajid Mir to the investigating agencies, after which the search for him was intensified. On April 21, 2011, Sajid Mir was found responsible for the deaths of American citizens in the Mumbai attacks by a Chicago court in the United States, and an arrest warrant was issued for him on April 22, 2011. For non-arrest, Sajid Mir was added to the FBI’s most wanted list and a reward of 5 million dollars has been placed for his arrest. The American FBI has named Sajid Mir as the chief planner of the Mumbai attacks.
Is China Pakistan doing this in friendship?
Dr. Naeem Ahmed, an analyst and Head of the International Relations Department of Karachi University, said that one thing is clear regarding vetoing the resolution declaring Sajid Mir as a global terrorist and bringing the resolution of the American government. That America will not tolerate anything that involves non-state elements. He said that America’s war against terrorism is not over yet, so the United States will take action against all actors who are associated with terrorism. He will continue his policy.
He said that as far as China’s veto is concerned, it has to be seen in the context of Pakistan-China relations. Pakistan-China meeting was recently held in SCO and it has been China’s policy that it will not tolerate the interference of any power in the region. Therefore, any non-state actor that the United States or a Western power declares to be a terrorist would be in conflict with China’s policy, which China considers to be interference in the region.
According to him, a clear change is being seen at the regional and global level in which China, Russia and Pakistan are seen on one side while America and India are seen together. At the global level, the relations between India and the US have improved and in contrast, Pakistan and China have become closer in the form of CPEC.
Was Sajid punished to avoid FATF?
On this question, Dr. Naeem said that Pakistan’s problem in recent times was to avoid FATF, Pakistan’s policy often changes after 9/11. The arrest of Sajid Mir was related to FATF and it was necessary for Pakistan to get out of the FATF gray list. Senior journalist Baqir Sajjad said that the arrest of Sajid Mir FATF’s action plan had become a stumbling block and only after the arrest and conviction of Sajid Mir did things improve. The arrest and conviction of Sajid Mir was presented by Pakistan as a major achievement in the briefings given on the action plan and with the help of this the Pakistani authorities seemed to convince the FATF officials.