New York: India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said here at a news conference that he hoped the UN would soon designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, and that New Delhi will not sit idle till Masood Azhar is brought to justice for his crimes against India.
The Indian government has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed.
“If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfil its role in designating Masood Azhar (as a terrorist),” Akbaruddin said.
“We would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met,” he said on Saturday at a news conference in response to a question on India’s effort towards the designation of Azhar as a terrorist, a move that has repeatedly been blocked by China.
In August, China extended by three months its technical hold on the proposal of US, France and the UK that the United Nations designate Azhar as a global terrorist.
“He (Azhar) may try to delay this, but the inevitable will happen. Be certain of it. The clock is ticking for him. He will be pursued until justice is met,” Akbaruddin said.
When a reporter asked what China’s objections were to the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, Akbaruddin said, “You should ask them.”
The three-month validity of China’s technical hold is expiring on November 2.