New Delhi: The United Nations has rejected 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed‘s appeal to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists, government sources said on Thursday as reported by PTI. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief’s request was opposed by India as well as US, UK and France, sources said. However, Pakistan did not oppose it.
Notably, the decision comes at a time when UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee has received a new request to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed. Notably, the responsibility of the attack was claimed by the terrorist organisation.
The UN decision to reject appeal of UN-designated terrorist organisation’s chief came after India provided detailed evidence including ‘highly confidential information’ about his activities, sources told PTI, adding that the verdict of the global body was conveyed to his lawyer Haider Rasul Mirza earlier this week.
Saeed, also a co-founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was banned on December 10, 2008 by the United Nations Security Council after the horrific Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed. He had filed an appeal with the UN through Lahore-based law firm Mirza and Mirza in 2017, while he was still under house arrest in Pakistan, for removal of the ban.
Independent Ombudsperson Daniel Kipfer Fasciati, appointed by the UN to examine all such requests, has informed Saeed’s lawyer that it has been decided following examination of his request that he will “continue as a listed individual”, sources said.
The Ombudsperson recommended that after gathering all information, it has been decided to continue with the ban as “there was sufficient information to provide a reasonable and credible basis for continuing the listing,” sources said, adding the recommendation was endorsed by the UN’s Sanctions Committee.
Last month, the US, the UK and France made a fresh bid at the UN to ban JeM head Masood Azhar, who is also residing in Pakistan as per Pakistani foreign minister’s admission. JeM is already a UN-designated terrorist organisation.
(Inputs from PTI)