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Countries Must Fight All Forms of Terror, India on China Blocking Terror Tag For Masood Azhar

On 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s launching his own political party in Pakistan, the MEA said It's ironical that he wants to cover his blood-stained hands in ballot ink.

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Updated:August 4, 2017, 6:09 PM IST
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Countries Must Fight All Forms of Terror, India on China Blocking Terror Tag For Masood Azhar
File photo of JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar.
New Delhi: A day after China once again blocked the move to brand Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the government on Friday urged countries that share its concerns on international terrorism to cooperate in fighting all forms of terror.

“You are aware of our position. He (Azhar) is the leader of JeM, which has been involved in terror acts against India and fomenting trouble in other countries. All the countries that share our concern will cooperate in the sanction,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Baglay said that Azhar had been involved in carrying out terror activities against India and this was a well-known fact. He was replying to a question on China once again extending by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to designate Azhar a global terrorist by the UN.

China had in February this year blocked the US move to include the Pathankot terror attack mastermind in the list of global terrorists. The deadline for China to take action on its technical hold was till August 2.

Beijing, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto-wielding power, has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a ban on the JeM leader under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. JeM already features in the banned list.

In March last year, China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application. All other 14 members supported India’s bid to place Azhar on the 1,267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. The six-month validity of that technical hold lapsed in September and Beijing then extended it by three more months.

On 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s launching his own political party in Pakistan, Baglay said, “It's ironical that he wants to cover his blood-stained hands in ballot ink. We are concerned about this. There should be a stop to his activities.”

“He is a terrorist. He was involved in the Mumbai terror attack in which not just Indian but people of other nationalities also died. There is a UN ban on him and his outfits,” he added.
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