Media reports suggest that the government of India is planning to ask Pakistan to seize assets of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
These three are in the United Nations Security Council’s Al Qaeda sanctions list which makes it incumbent upon Islamabad to freeze their holdings.
The UN Security Council’s Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee has listed Dawood, LeT founder Saeed and Mumbai terror attack key conspirator Lakhvi and put sanctions on them.
“As a UN member state, it is the responsibility of Pakistan to freeze their assets. We are planning to send a formal communication to Pakistan to let us know whether assets of the three terrorists were seized and if not will ask it to freeze them immediately,” a government official has stated.
The committee, established pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 1267 (1999), is a Security Council subsidiary organ that oversees the implementation by member states of the three sanctions measures — assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo — imposed against targeted individuals and entities associated with Al Qaeda, as designated by the Committee in its sanctions list.
India has time and again reiterated that 1993 Mumbai serial blasts key accused Dawood is in Pakistan, though Islamabad denies it. The current Modi regime has also stated the same fact but said that the exact location of Dawood is not confirmed.
Hafiz Saeed gives sermons publicly in Pakistan while Lakhvi, set free from a Rawalpindi jail last month, is currently living freely in the country.
Dawood was put in the UNSC sanction list in 2003, followed by Saeed and Lakhvi in 2008.
According to reports, India will be communicating this through a strong diplomatic channel.