New Delhi, June 12: In a meeting between Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju and UK Minister of State for Countering Extremism Baroness Williams in the national capital yesterday, Rijiju conveyed that India wanted the United Nations to expunge India’s name which had been linked to the terror organization Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA). UK which is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was asked by India to completely remove the Indian agencies reference in its declaration of JuA as a terrorist organisation.
The banning or declaration of the JuA as a terror outfit was announced by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Reportedly, India isn’t wary of the ban but with the purported connection of the Indian intelligence agencies to the terror outfit as claimed Pakistan, which the UNSC has seemed to accept. India has raised an objection to UNSC accepting Pakistan’s claims of falsely linking India’s intelligence to that of the terrorist organisation. As per officials, the moment this flabbergasting move was noticed, New Delhi sought UK’s intervention to immediately “remove” India’s reference mentioned in the statements provided by Pakistan that India had connections established with the terror outfit.
During the meeting, India voiced its displeasure over the desecration of the Indian flag in London ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in April this year for which the evidence was readily available. It also raised its concern over anti-India propaganda by Kashmiri and Sikh separatists in UK. On the other, it also appreciated UK’s support to list Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar before the UNSC.
Meanwhile, coming back to the JuA linkage to Indian intelligence agencies, it must be noted that JuA has been involved in a number of attacks in Pakistan. A part of Tehrik-i-Taliban, JuA has claimed responsibility of attacking and targeting military and law enforcement personnel, government buildings, politicians, minority groups and lawyers in Pakistan. As per reports, JuA operates from Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and came to light after the Wagah attack in 2014.