India continues to bear dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar:MEA

Washington D.C, Apr. 2 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said the recent terror attack in Pathankot on January 2 has shown that India continues to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing JeM chief Masood Azhar.

“We are disappointed that a technical hold has been put on India’s application to designate terror leader Mohamad Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253,” said MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

“We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253 as far back as 2001 for its well known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator has been put on a technical hold,” he added.

Swarup further said given the global networking of terrorist groups, this has implications for the entire international community.

“It needs no emphasis that the UNSCR 1267 regime is an important building block of the UN global counter terrorism strategy that should aim to protect all member states and their citizens from the activities of terror groups such as JeM and its leader Mohamad Masood Azhar,” said Swarup.

“Its working methods, based on the principles of unanimity and anonymity, is leading the Committee to adopt a selective approach to combating terrorism. This does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism,” he added. (ANI)

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