Updated: December 11, 2020 1:52:39 pm
In what will cause concern in New Delhi, the 1267 sanctions committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has allowed the payment of 1.5 lakh Pakistani rupees per month to the Mumbai attack planner of 11/26 Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, chief of operations for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist team.
The Indian Express has learned that the monthly payment to Lakhvi will cover expenses related to food (50,000 rupees), medicine (45,000 rupees), utility costs (20,000 rupees), attorneys’ fees (20,000 rupees) and transportation (15,000 rupees) .
Sources said this was granted following a request from the Imran Khan government to the sanctions committee of the UNSC 1267.
Included as a terrorist in the 1267 committee after the Mumbai terror attack, Lakhvi has been out on bail since 2015. Even the time he spent in a Pakistani jail was a sham: he had fathered a child while in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
The 1267 committee also approved Pakistan’s request for a monthly payment to sanctioned nuclear scientist Mahmood Sultan Bashiruddin. He founded and served as the director of the Ummah Tameer-e-Nau entity, which is listed by the UN.
Bashiruddin, who worked for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, had also met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The Nawaz Sharif government awarded him the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (third highest civilian honor in Pakistan).
Both the United States and the UN sanctioned Bashiruddin and the radical Ummah Tameer-e-Nau in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. Now he lives freely in Pakistan.
The sources said that Pakistan intends to pay him 1.5 lakh rupees a month to cover his basic expenses: 60,000 rupees for food, 60,000 rupees for medicine, 20,000 rupees for utility expenses and 10,000 rupees for transportation.
In August 2019, the 1267 committee approved Pakistan’s request to allow the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed to use their bank account for “basic expenses.”
In accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and committee guidelines, there are provisions for exemptions from the assets freeze. It says that member states, in this case Pakistan, that intend to authorize, where appropriate, access to frozen funds or other financial assets or economic resources can request an exemption. Then the committee makes a decision.
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