India to push UN to include JeM chief Masood Azhar on terrorist list

New Delhi: India will push the United Nations to include the name of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar in its list of designated terrorists.

This comes after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed the parliament on Wednesday that India on February 18 submitted the names of 11 individuals and one organisation to the UN's Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. "I can confirm to you that we will be moving the 1267 committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list," external affairs ministry Vikas Swarup said at a media briefing here. "It is a matter of great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed is listed but not its leader," he added. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base on January 2.

The attack had thrown the proposed foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan off the rails with New Delhi seeking action from Islamabad against those involved in the attack. Pakistan has since lodged an FIR without naming any person and said that it would send a special investigation team (SIT) to India to probe the attack. Asked the names of the 11 individuals India has submitted to the UN, Swarup said that it would not be prudent to do so now as it was part of a process being followed.

IANS