Washington: China, at the apparent request
of Pakistan, put a "technical hold" on an Indian request to
the UN Security Council to slap sanctions on three terrorists,
says a secret State Department cable of December 2009 signed
off by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
China in its capacity as the Permanent Member of the
UN Security Council has the veto power and nothing can be
approved by this 15-member high-powered body of the United
Nations without the consent of Beijing.
"On the international stage, Pakistan has sought to
block the UNSCR 1267 listings of Pakistan-based or affiliated
terrorists by requesting that China place holds on the
nominations. China recently placed a technical hold on the
designation of three Pakistan-based or affiliated terrorists
nominated by India, although China did not prevent the most
recent Pakistan-related US designation nomination in June,"
says the secret State Department cable, which primarily deals
with the issue of terrorist financing.
The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks of
indulging in a criminal act by stealing and releasing these
cables, has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of
According to US officials, every cable coming out of
the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department is
signed off by the Secretary of State as a matter of routine,
and this should not interpreted as a personal statement of
Clinton; but as an official direction from the State
Department to its posts overseas.
However, this is for the first time it has come in the
public domain courtesy WikiLeaks that China has been
blocking Indian efforts to designate certain Pakistan-based
terrorist outfits at the United Nations.
Officials say that both India and the US have been
regularly raising this issue with Chinese officials, and have
been successful some of the times, but not always, officials
This particular cable further confirms ISI`s continued
links with terrorists outfits.
"Pakistan`s intermittent support to terrorist groups
and militant organizations threatens to undermine regional
security and endanger US national security objectives in
Afghanistan and Pakistan," the cable says.
"Although Pakistani senior officials have publicly
disavowed support for these groups, some officials from the
Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate continue to
maintain ties with a wide array of extremist organizations, in
particular Taliban, LeT and other extremist organizations," it
"These extremist organizations continue to find refuge
in Pakistan and exploit Pakistan`s extensive network of
charities, NGOs and madrassas. This network of social service
institutions readily provides extremist organizations with
recruits, funding and infrastructure for planning new
attacks," says the US cables.
In the talking points for meetings with Pakistani
leadership, the State Department asked its officials to take
up with the Pakistani counterparts about their failure to
implement the UNSC resolutions against terrorists outfits, in
particular those against India and those involved in the
Mumbai terrorist attacks.
"We stress your government`s obligation, under UNSCR
1267, and successor resolutions to strictly enforce existing
sanctions against the 142 Taliban, LeT leader Hafiz Saeed,
LeT/JUD, al Rashid Trust, al Akhtar Trust and other
individuals and entities on the UN 1267 Consolidated List,"
the cable says.
"We urge your government to support the international
community`s efforts to combat terrorist financing. Your
government`s views of UNSCR 1267 listing requests for LeT and
other Pakistan-based terrorist groups should be made on the
merits of the requests and not linked to politics, including
what country made the nomination or which countries are
referenced in the public statements of the cases," it said.
"We urge your government to comply with UN and
domestic legal obligations to enforce sanctions on the
Pakistan-based, UN-proscribed NGOs al Rashid Trust and al
Akhtar Trust, and all successor organizations that continue to
funnel money and provide other forms of support to the Taliban
and LeT," it said.
"We emphasize that social services provided by NGO
extremist organizations, such as Jamaat-ud Dawa challenge the
legitimacy of your government to provide for its people. This
includes relief efforts in the Internally Displaced Person
camps of the Northwest Frontier Provinces by the new LeT/JUD
charity Falah-e Insaniyat Foundation," it said.
"We urge your Government in the strongest possible
terms to take action against the Haqqani network, which is
funneling weapons and fighters across the border to fight US
and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. This network, led by
Sirajuddin Haqqani who was listed by the UN under UNSCR 1267,
funds its activities through illicit activities, including
kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery, narcotics, smuggling, and
fraud," the cable said.
"We urge your Government to replace the anti-money
laundering decree recently promulgated by your Executive
Branch with legislation fully consistent with the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and to ensure that
the current decree can stand in court. The FATF Forty Plus
Nine Recommendations are international standards, which
Pakistan, by virtue of its membership in the Asia-Pacific
Group, committed to," the cable said.
"Emphasize that Pakistan`s support for disrupting
financing to the Taliban and LeT obligatory pursuant to their
obligations under UNSCR 1267 and successor resolutions, and is
critical to achieving stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan,"