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Noose tightens around JeM chief Masood Azhar as US, others request UN to list him as terrorist

MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that the request made by the US and others indicates that there is global concern over Masood Azhar's acts of terror.

Written by: Raj Singh, New Delhi [ Published on: July 21, 2017 10:24 IST ]
Noose tightens around JeM chief Masood Azhar

India’s efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed  (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations has recieved a boost as many other countries including the United States have made the same request to the UN.

Talking to media persons on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that the request made by the US and others indicates that there is global concern over Masood Azhar's acts of terror.

“US has made a request along with other countries for Maulana Masood Azhar to be listed under the relevant UN sanctions committee because terrorism are being emanating from this particular source like we saw in the case of Syed Salahuddin. It’s a global concern. It contributes the global menace of terrorism very largely and substantially,” Gopal Baglay said.

Masood Azhar is the founder of UN-designated terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed and he mainly operates from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The United Nations has already designated Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed as a global terrosit and the United States designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a terrorist ahead of  Prime minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Trump in Washington. 

India has accused Masood Azhar of masterminding both Pathankot airbase attack as well 2001 Parliament attack. 

Pakistan had placed Masood Azhar under house arrest after Pathankot attack but he was released in April 2016.

India is trying to get Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United States but China is not allowing the Indian move to succeed.

Now that the demand for designating Masood Azhar as a terrorist has been made by many countries including the US, it would not by easy for China to come to the rescue of Masood Azhar this time. 

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