U.N. puts lockdown on charity fronts for suspected Mumbai terror group Lashkar-i-Taiba

In a move reportedly sought by the U.S. and India, the U.N. Security Council pursuant to Res. 1822 has designated 3 organizations including charities deemed to be fronts for Lashkar-i-Taiba, the militant jihadist group based in Kashmir with origins in Pakistan and suspected of being behind the Mumbai attacks.  These organizations are Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as well as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Al Rashid Trust, among others.

View U.N. press release here.

The U.N. also designated “Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi,”  an individual who the press release lists as “Chief of operations of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.” The Times Online reported on December 8 that Lakhvi, the suspected “mastermind of the Mumbai attacks,” was arrested in a series of raids near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, by Pakistani security forces.

Are the designations redundant where the suspect individuals are currently behind bars?

Actually, no. What the designations do is put a lock down on all of these individuals’ and organizations’ assets, prevent any representative or designated individual from traveling, and effect an arms embargo on any designee, as well as prevent any outside third party from giving them material support, or else the designation applies to them as well.

In this case, the U.N. Sec. Council issued these sanctions pursuant to the 2008 resolution, which supercharges earlier measures like Res. 1267 and 1333, and 1373 with respect to al Qaeda, bin Laden, and the Taliban.

Unlike the older resolutions, any individual or organization designated under this 2008 measure as well as any third party who provides any support to them – knowingly or unknowingly – has their movements and finances locked down.

Big difference from the earlier Res. 1373: I see no language denoting a scienter requirement (here, acting with knowledge/intent to commit or finance terrorism).

This is a definite step by the Security Council towards a more hard line stance on al Qaeda, bin Laden, the Taliban, and their associates/supporters…we can look forward in anticipation for its effect.

(General background via CBS News Report)