The United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) consolidated list of terrorist individuals and entities has a record 139 entries from Pakistan. The list with 257 individuals and 82 entities flags names from Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri to Lashkar-e-Toeba’s (LeT) Hafiz Saeed. The list was updated last week. Al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s heir apparent, tops the list. The UNSC data claims that he is still hiding somewhere “in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area”.
Ramzi Mohammad bin al-Sheibah, a Yemeni national, comes second. The list includes underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, an Indian, who according to the UNSC, has held several Pakistani passports issued in the cities of Rawalpindi and Karachi. Ibrahim, 62, is wanted in India for masterminding the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. He is accused of match-fixing and extortion too.
He is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, a fact the report points to. LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawaa’s (JuD) Hafiz Saeed finds a mention on the list. He is wanted by the Interpol, according to UNSC. Haji Mohammed Yahya Mujahid, Hafee’s media contact, and his deputies, Abdul Salaam and Zafar Iqbal, have been listed under him. Like Saeed, they are all wanted by Interpol.
LeT and its various aliases – al-Mansoorian, Paasban-i-Kashmir, Paasban-i-Ahle Hadith, Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation – are on the sanctions list. Just a day before the UNSC made public its list, the US had designated Milli Muslim League, a political front of Saeed-led JuD, launched in August 2017, as a global terrorist outfit. Saeed, accused of masterminding the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, carries a bounty of US$10 million.
The US has offered the bounty for information leading to his arrest. India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has hailed the US’ move to designate Saeed’s Milli Muslim League as a terror outfit. “India welcomes the action taken by the US for designating the Milli Muslim League as an alias of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistan based terrorist group and its functionaries who are acting on behalf of LeT,” the ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
Pakistan is likely to be ‘grey listed’ by the Financial Action Task Force in June. Others on the terror list are entities that were allegedly based in Pakistan, worked from there or had links to Pakistani individuals – Al Rasheed Trust, Harkatul Mujahideen, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Wafa Humanitarian Organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Rabita Trust, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Afghan Support Committee, Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Al-Harmain Foundation, Islamic Jihad Group, Al Akhtar Trust International, Harkatul Jihad Islami, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaatul Ahrar and Khatiba Imam Al-Bukhari.
source : the jakarta post