New Delhi: Five countries on Wednesday blocked the move of Pakistan to list Indians as terrorists at the United Nations (UN). Pakistan has failed to list two Indians as United Nations listed international terrorist under the 1267 committee of the UNSC.
The listing was blocked by five UNSC countries–UK, USA, France, Germany and Belgium after no evidence was found to substantiate Pakistan’s claim. Pakistan was keen to list Indian nationals Gobinda Patnaik, and Angara Appaji as UN terrorists.
UNSC members gave Pakistan time to provide evidence but Islamabad could not provide it. A hold was put for Pakistan to come up with evidence but the country failed.
India’s envoy to UN TS Tirumurti tweeted, “Pakistan’s blatant attempt to politicize 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour, has been thwarted by UN Security Council. We thank all those Council members who have blocked Pakistan’s designs.”
Earlier, it had attempted to list two other Indians– Venumadhav Dongara and Ajoy Mistry as terrorists but the bid failed. Pakistani Foreign Ministry in a statement in June had expressed its “disappointment” for not able to list Dongar. It alleged that they were backing groups like Jamaat-ul-Ahrar etc.
The move was considered a quid pro quo move by Pakistan for India able to get Masood Azhar listed as a UN terrorist in 2019. Azhar is the chief of Pakistan-based UN listed terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) responsible for Pulwama terror attack, among other attacks in India. Pakistani nationals are listed in the largest number at the UN terror list.