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Pathankot attack: NIA set to prosecute JeM Chief Masood Azhar

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday gave sanctions to the Investigation Agency (NIA) to prosecute Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and three others in connection with the base terror attack in Pathankot, Punjab.

Besides January 2nd Pathankot attack, Azhar is also wanted for the Uri attack which was carried out by suspected JeM terrorists on September 18th, in which 18 defence personnel were killed.

has been continuously making efforts to get the UN Sanctions Committee to Azhar and had submitted a dossier listing out his terror activities since 1993, which specifically mentioned him as one of the handlers of the Pathankot terrorists.

However, has been facing a hurdle in the matter as has collaborated with to block New Delhi's proposal to ban Masood Azhar.

Following the attack on the Base in Pathankot killing seven Indian military personnel, called on the United Nations for immediate action to list Azhar under the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

According to reports, 14 out of 15 countries were willing to designate Azhar but alone decided to go against all the others in the bid.

The US, UK and France had strongly supported the move and the other nations had also expressed their consent to proceed with the action on Azhar.

But China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, collaborated with to block the bid, sources add.

is now the only country that has stood up for Masood Azhar more than once.

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 17:14 IST