United Nations, February 27: India today formally approached the UN to include Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council’s sanctions list strongly emphasising the urgency to take action against the terror group’s leader.Also Read - Tokyo 2020, Men's Hockey Semi-final India vs Belgium: Head to Head Record

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin wrote to New Zealand Ambassador Gerard Jacoubus van Bohemen, the Chair of the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, submitting India’s request that the JeM chief’s name be included in the committee’s sanctions list. Also Read - Third Wave of Corona May Hit India This Month, Likely to Peak in October: Experts Who Predicted Second Wave

Armed with strong evidence of the outfit’s terror activities and its role in the January 2 Pathankot attack that killed seven Indian soldiers, India told the UN Sanctions Committee that not listing Azhar has clearly demonstrated how it and other countries in South Asia continue to face threats posed by the terror group and its leader.(ALSO READ: Masood Azhar in “protective custody” in Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz). Also Read - India Assumes UNSC Presidency For August; Country to be Voice of Moderation, Says Jaishankar

Calling for immediate action to be taken to list Azhar under the al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, India said it is the responsibility of the committee to protect UN nations and its citizens from terror groups like the JeM and its leaders.

Listing Azhar will prove that the global community is committed to tackling the scourge of terrorism and will help protect Indian citizens and those of other countries from the terror threats posed by him and his outfit, India said.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said in New Delhi that it is a “great anomaly” that the organisation JeM is listed but its leader is not.India also noted that following the Pathankot attack, Pakistan had taken action against several individuals belonging to the Jaish.

The UN had banned JeM in 2001 but India’s efforts to ban Azhar after the Mumbai terror attack did not fructify as China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, didn’t allow the ban apparently on the behest of Pakistan.
On February 18, a fresh submission of 11 individuals and one organisation linked to terrorism in India, was submitted by New Delhi to the sanctions committee.