India will not sit idle till Azhar brought to justice, says envoy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Sep 2017 09:06:09


 

NEW YORK,

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.

HOPING that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, a top Indian diplomat has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016.


It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed along with all the six terrorists.
“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 here.


“However, we would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met,”
he said on Saturday at a news conference in response to a question on India’s effort towards terrorist designation of Azhar, which has repeatedly been blocked by China.


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. JeM has already been in the banned list.