Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki, who has been designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations (UN) after China lifted its technical hold, has termed Kashmir as ‘Pakistan’s national issue’ in a video.
The Pakistan-based deputy leader of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Thursday released a video from the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, denying any links with al-Qaeda or Islamic State.
Makki also said that the issue should be resolved according to the UN resolutions so that the atrocities against the people of Kashmir can end.
“With regards to Kashmir, we have a principal position, we consider it to be Pakistan’s national issue and it should be resolved according to the UN resolutions so that the atrocities against the people of Kashmir can end,” he can be heard saying in the video.
Makki said he considers the views and actions of Al-Qaeda and ISIS totally the opposite of what he believes in.
“I would also like to clarify that I do not endorse the views, ideas and actions of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or individuals like Abdullah Azzam. On the contrary, I have always opposed their actions throughout my academic life,” Rehman Makki can be heard saying in the video.
He denied allegations against him for being a faculty member of Islamic University Islamabad in the 1980s where he was accused of meeting Al-Qaeda leaders or Afghan commanders.
‘NEVER ENDORSED TERRORISM’
“In fact, with absolute clarity, I have endorsed any form of violence, terrorism or indiscriminate killings, let alone participate or encouraged such actions. Therefore, I reiterate that I have had no relation with any such individual or organisation that are mentioned in this story and propaganda without verification and fact-checking. This has aggrieved me immeasurably,” he further said.
Makki is the brother-in-law of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed.
However, in the video, he did not mention the 26/11 attack that killed 166 people. He said that he neither studied nor taught at an Islamic university and had never had any contact with Abdullah Azam, Ayman Al Zawahiri or Bin Laden.
The UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee added 68-year-old Makki to its list of designated terrorists on Monday after years of efforts by India and its allies.
“I believe that the grounds for my listing are based on heresy and disinformation by the Indian government. I never met Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or Abdullah Azam as alleged by some propaganda reports,” Makki said.
He regretted the UNSC decision to enlist him without giving him a fair opportunity to respond to allegations or hear his point of view.
“I would also like to remind the United Nations and its sanctions committee that I have not been heard or kept on board with the proceedings and enlisting me is a violation of my fundamental human rights. I would like the United Nations Security Council and its relevant committees to hear my point of view and gather credible information and facts instead of this baseless propaganda,” Makki said.
“No due process was followed or information was provided regarding these listings,” he said.