New Delhi: In the wake of the Pathankot attack, India is pondering a fresh bid to tag Pakistan based Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, according to Indian media reports According to these reports, the Government of India is reconsidering reviving its 2009 request at the United Nations to designate Azhar’s JeM as a terrorist organisation.
In 2009, India had impressed upon the UNSC to ban Azhar but China, at the behest of Pakistan, had blocked the UNSC sanctions against the JeM chief. The then Government of India had also provided detailed information to China about Azhar’s alleged involvement in terror attacks and urged Beijing to support the move. China had, however, argued that it did not have the necessary information about Azhar’s involvement in terrorism.
The JeM has been labelled as a terrorist organisation in several countries including Canada, Australia, UAE, United Kingdom, United States and India. In June last year, at a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of militant Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution but the Chinese representatives blocked the move.