India to move UN again for JeM chief Masood Azhar ban

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2016 23:57 IST
A file photo of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar. India has approached the United Nations seeking a ban on the terrorist leader. (AFP Photo)

Unmoved by China scuttling its attempt, India will again move the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist.

“We will be moving to 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed is listed but not its leader,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here.

He also said India has already submitted to the UN’s Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based terror groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country.

On February 18, a fresh submission of 11 individuals and one organisation linked to terrorism in India, was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

The UN had banned JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts to ban Azhar after the Mumbai terror attacks did not fructify as China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with Veto Powers, didn’t allow the ban apparently on the behest of Pakistan.

Free speech debate

India on Thursday down played US Ambassador Richard Verma’s remarks advocating “free speech” in universities and colleges in the backdrop of the JNU row.

“Where is the doubt that we do not have diversity on our

campuses or the free thought in India is curtailed in any way. Very vigorous debate that we have seen in Parliament itself is an example of diversity of thought and opinion in India,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

He was asked about India’s position on Verma’s recent remarks, made twice in as many days, that diversity of “thought and speech” was one of India’s great hallmarks which will “propel” it forward.

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