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Pakistan Finally Allows Inclusion of Jamaat-ud-Dawa Number Two in UNSC Sanctions Committee

The Government of Pakistan and former members of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organization announced on January 17, 2023, that Makki, the number two of JuD, will be included in the United Nations Security Council under the Sanctions Committee against the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda organizations.

This inclusion has been pending since June 2022 and was vetoed by China, a close ally of Pakistan, after being proposed by India and the US. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not issued a statement regarding the sanctions yet, though.

JuD was prohibited after it was considered a front for the insurgent organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which was responsible for the 2008 terrorist attacks that occurred in the Indian city of Mumbai, leaving 166 dead. Makki is the brother-in-law of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, who was convicted of financing terrorist activities in 2021.

Former JuD spokesperson Ahmed Nadeem commented that the Pakistani government dismantled the organization after the ban, which is why they couldn’t comment on the veto. He added that the manifesto of JuD is independent, and not linked to any terrorist activities.

The Indian government stated that it welcomes the listing of Makki, since he is considered to have held various leadership roles in LeT, such as raising funds for the illegal organization.

In 2020, Pakistani authorities froze more than 900 JuD properties. A year earlier, the government charged its leaders, including Saeed and Makki, with several cases of financing of terrorism and money laundering under charges of terrorism.

Overall, it is considered that the inclusion of Makki in the UNSC Sanctions Committee is an effective tool that can curb threats from terrorist organizations in the region, and dismantle its infrastructure.

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