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Won't sit idle until Masood Azhar is brought to justice: India's UN envoy

If Azhar is designated global terrorist at the UN then it would prevent the terror chief from travelling internationally and result in a global freezing of his assets

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Syed Akbaruddin, UN
Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York. Photo: PTI

Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative to the United Nation, on Sunday said that will not sit idle till Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood is brought to justice.

Speaking to ANI, Akbaruddin assured that would persistently raise Masood issue on the international forum and find a solution through dialogue.

"Many countries are with us except one (China). Only that one country is coming in way of declaring Masood a globally designated terrorist at the UN. But, we want to find a solution to this issue through dialogue. This issue is under a committee of the United Nations and it is expected take decision on it in three months. But, I will assure you that we will never forget this issue. Masood is a criminal. Whatever time it takes, will not sit idle till he is brought to justice," he said.

On August 3, again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK- backed proposal to list JeM chief and terror attack mastermind Masood as a designated terrorist by the UN. The extension is expiring on November 2.

is supporting Masood at the behest of

If would not have extended the technical hold, Masood would have automatically been designated by the United Nations as a terrorist.

Following China's stand on Azhar, on August 4 called for international cooperation against all forms of

Speaking at a press conference, India's then External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said that Azhar's involvement in carrying out terror attacks on Indian soil is a well-known fact.

He also accused of fomenting in other countries and other parts of region.

In February also, blocked the United States' move to designate as a global terrorist at the UN.

If is designated global terrorist at the UN then it would prevent the terror chief from travelling internationally and result in a global freezing of his assets.

has accused Pakistan-based terrorist outfit (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Mufti Rauf Asghar and his two other key lieutenants - Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan for the January 2 airbase attack.

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 09:58 IST
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