Updated: May 4, 2015 1:44:35 am
A day after India approached the United Nations on the release of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander and Mumbai terror attack accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chairman of the UNSC al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee has conveyed to the Indian government that it will “circulate” the letter among all the members of the committee.
However, Indian government sources in New Delhi said that there has been no assurance so far about taking up the matter at its next meeting.
India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji had written a letter to the Chair of the committee Ambassador Jim McLay expressing concern over Lakhvi’s release and said it violates the provisions of the committee concerning al-Qaeda and associated individuals and entities.
India had also pointed out that as a listed terrorist, Lakhvi can neither receive or give money since all his assets and financial resources have to be frozen. Any bail money posted for Lakhvi is also a violation of the provisions of the sanctions committee since he is a listed terrorist.
The committee had listed in December 2008 Lakhvi as a terrorist associated with LeT and al-Qaeda. The release of Lakhvi had also raised concerns in the US, UK, Russia, France and Germany with Washington calling for him to be re-arrested.
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