Who is Abdul Rehman Makki?

Abdul Rehman Makki is a Pakistan-based terrorist who was recently listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) under its ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. He has been sanctioned based on his links to the 2000 Red Fort attack and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Makki is the brother-in-law of Lashkar leader and founder Hafiz Saeed, who was the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks. In 2022, India and the United States jointly proposed listing Makki under the United Nations Security Council’s Al-Qaeda and ISIL Sanctions Committee, however, China rejected the proposal by putting a “technical hold” on it.

Key Facts

  • Makki’s listing serves as an effective tool to counter terrorist threats and dismantle terror infrastructure in the region.
  • It puts pressure on Pakistan to take action against those involved in terrorist activities.
  • It highlights the importance of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
  • It sends a clear message to Pakistan that the international community will not tolerate state-sponsored terrorism.
  • It serves as a reminder of China’s role in the international community and the responsibility it holds in addressing global security issues.
  • It holds those responsible accountable for their actions, and sends a clear message that the international community will not tolerate their actions.


Makki’s listing as a global terrorist could lead to financial sanctions on Makki and his associates.  It  puts pressure on Pakistan to take action against those involved in terrorist activities and could lead to further isolation on the international stage. Makki’s listing highlights Pakistan’s role as a breeding ground for terrorist groups and its failure to take action against them. It undermines Pakistan’s claim that it is a victim of terrorism and supports counter-terrorism efforts, it will be seen as evidence of the opposite.




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