Will not sit idle till Masood Azhar is brought to justice, says India at UN

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New York: Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, India has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice.

“If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfill its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said.

“However, we would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met,” he said at Saturday’s news conference in response to a question on India’s effort towards terrorist designation of Azhar.China in August extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to designate the Pathankot attack mastermind as a global terrorist by the UN.

If China would not have extended the technical hold last month, Azhar would have automatically been designated under the UN as a terrorist.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief under the al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

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