New Delhi June 24: Over China’s move of protecting Pakistan and blocking its move in the United Nations for action against Pakistan over release of 26/11 mastermind and LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up with Chinese leadership India's concerns in violation of a resolution of the world body. Lakhvi is the prime accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.
According to media reports, PM Modi has expressed concerns over China’s stand and mentioned that except China, all other members in the Sanctions Committee supported India's stand.China justified its action and said that India has not provided sufficient information and proofs in order to nab Lakhvi. Few days ago, India filed a request on Lakhvi’s recent release from the Pakistan jail after court’s order.
PM Modi objects China’s stand as China justified its action saying that India has not provided sufficient information and proofs in order to nab Lakhvi.
LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is the prime accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.
Lakhvi is a top leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba and currently serves as Supreme Commander of operations in Kashmir and as a member of LeT's General Council. He is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list.
Lakhvi and six other perpetrators of Mumbai attack – Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.
The External Affairs Ministry said India has raised the issue bilaterally with members of the UN Sanctions Committee and in case of China it was taken up at the "highest level".
At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.
"Government had taken up the issue of violation of the 1267 sanctions regime in respect of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. Our concerns in this matter were conveyed to the Chair of the 1267 Committee.
"We also raised this bilaterally with the other members of the Committee. In the case of China, this matter has been taken up at the highest level," Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said.
Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11 terror attack in which 166 people were killed, was released from a Pakistani jail in April. The UN Sanctions Committee met at India's request last week.
The sanctions' committee has five permanent and 10 non-permanent UN member states in it and the measures apply to designated individuals and entities associated with terror groups including al-Qaeda and LeT, wherever located.
Swarup said the 1267 Committee has been created under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter and decisions are binding on all member countries of the UN.
In a letter to the current Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee Jim McLay, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukherjee last month had said Lakhvi's release by a Pakistani court was in violation of the 1267 UN resolution dealing with designated entities and individuals.