Undeterred by China blocking its earlier attempt, India has once again decided to move the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.
“We will be moving the 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Swarup noted that India had already submitted to the UN’s Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country.
On February 18, a list of 11 individuals and one organisation “linked to terrorism in India”, was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group) and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
The UN banned JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts to get restrictions imposed on Azhar after the Mumbai attacks did not fructify as China didn’t allow them to be imposed.
This desk originally appeared on Hindustan Times.