UNSC approves Rs 1.5 lakh monthly expense for 26/11 conspirator Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

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New Delhi: The United Nations Security Council 1267 sanctions committee has given approval for monthly “basic expenses” of Rs 1.5 lakh to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks conspirator and LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, a move that could leave India fuming.

Lakhvi, the operations commander of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was designated as a global terrorist by the UN under the United Nations Security Council Resolution in 2008 after the Mumbai attacks.

The UN-designated terrorist was behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 when 10 heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in the city, killing 166 people and injuring over 300 others.

The LeT operations commander was released from a Pakistani jail in April 2015 after spending nearly six years in detention.

Pakistan approaches UNSC for Lakhvi’s expenses

The anti-terror committee of the UN Security Council granted permission for basic expenses to Lakhvi after the Imran Khan government reportedly approached the panel.

The committee also gave its nod to Pakistan’s request for a monthly payment to Mahmood Sultan Bashiruddin, a Pakistani nuclear engineer, and founder and director of the UN-listed entity Ummah Tameer-e-Nau.

According to the security council resolution, all states are required to freeze the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals. The resolution also provides for states to sanction basic expenses of the designated individuals if there is no-objection over it.

Hafiz Saeed allowed to withdraw money from bank account

In August last year, the 1267 committee had allowed Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed to withdraw money from his bank account for basic expenses on Pakistan’s request.

The move had drawn a sharp reaction from India that said Pakistan’s request to the UNSC committee to allow UN proscribed terrorist to get “pocket money” from his bank account for basic expenses “exposes Islamabad’s duplicity”.

Saeed’s financial assets were frozen after he was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

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