New Delhi, 18th January 2023: On Tuesday (January 17), India welcomed the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) decision to designate Abdul Rehman Makki, the commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group based in Pakistan, as a global terrorist.

While responding to media queries, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We welcome the decision of the UN Security Council’s ISIL and Al Qaida Sanctions Committee to list Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki, who is also the brother-in-law of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed.”

He continued by saying that the UNSC’s sanctions are a powerful weapon for reducing the region’s high level of terrorism threats.

According to Bagchi, India will keep pushing the international community to take action against terrorism that is credible, verifiable, and irreversible.

According to the spokesman, Makki has held several senior positions within LeT, including serving as the organization’s chief fund-raiser.

After years of work by India and its allies, China lifted its block on a joint India-US proposal to blacklist the LeT deputy chief, subjecting him to an asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo. Makki was then designated a global terrorist by the UN.

His inclusion in the list comes seven months after China, a close ally of Pakistan, blocked a joint Indian-US demand to name the leader of the JuD/LeT political affairs arm.