India’s disappointment with China blocking its attempt to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar at United Nations (UN) also stems from the fact that it had left no stone unturned to achieve the goal this time. Documents sent to UN for sanctions against Azhar showed that India accused Azhar of not just being the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, but also being connected to al Qaeda, Somalian terror groups and being trained by the Taliban.
The document detailing Azhar’s terror links was sent by India to UN in February to convince the UN’s al Qaeda Sanctions Committee that the JeM chief’s case was fit for inclusion in the list of banned individuals. China, however, put the request on technical hold saying that it “did not meet” the Security Council requirements for such an action.
In its failed bid to have Masood designated as terrorist by the UN, India conveyed to the world body that he and his terrorist group, JeM, had continuously engineered terror attacks against India, the latest instance being the Pathankot airbase attack. According to the Draft List Entry submitted in the UN, the attack was engineered by terrorists belonging to the JeM and there was credible evidence to show that the handlers of the terrorists were senior JeM leaders, including Masood Azhar. It added that incriminating material had been recovered from the dead terrorists disclosing their JeM links.
Detailing a meeting between Azhar, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin to “avenge” Afzal Guru’s hanging, the draft said: “There are credible intelligence reports that elements of JeM have actually received training in tactics, use of weapons and psychological warfare from the Taliban.” India also told the UN that Azhar was an international terrorist and leader of the JeM, its chief financier, recruiter and motivator.
V K Singh warns China
Gorakhpur: With Beijing scuttling India’s latest bid to have JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations, Union Minister V K Singh has warned that the day is not far when China would have to pay a heavy price once it gets hit by Pakistan-backed terrorism.
“The friendship between China and Pakistan appears to be very strong but the day is not far when China too gets affected by Pakistan-backed terrorism,” Union Minister Singh said during a function at the Gorakhnath temple. PTI