TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN in New York&
- Pakistan’s blatant attempt to politicize 1267 special procedure on terrorism by giving it a religious colour, has been thwarted
- ‘We thank all those Council members who have blocked Pakistan’s designs’
- Islamabad failed to produce evidence to back up its allegations
New Delhi: India thanked UK, USA, France and Germany for blocking Pakistan’s bid to designate two Indians as terrorists and slammed Islamabad saying it was trying to politicize 1267 resolution by giving it a religious colour.
Pakistan had initiated a move to list two Indians – Angara Appaji and Gobinda Patnaik Duggivalasa- as designated terror operatives under the UNSC’s 1267 Committee for Counterterrorism Sanctions.
When Pakistan failed to provide evidence to back up its allegations, the UNSC led by the US, UK, France, Germany and Belgium decided to block Islamabad’s move.
US, UK, France, Germany and Belgium blocked Pak’s bid
Earlier this year names of two other Indians – Ajoy Mistry and Venu Madhav Dongara –were also blocked.
The decision by Pakistan to call for sanctions against Indian individuals has been perceived as retaliation after India successfully got Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar listed as a global terrorist by the 1267 committee.
Getting Azhar listed as a global terrorist was a major diplomatic victory for India and in the end, China was left with no option but to lift its “technical hold” following which the UN 1267 al-Qaeda and ISIL Sanctions Committee listed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
‘We thank all Council members who’ve blocked Pakistan’s designs’
Angara, who was working as a software developer in Kabul-based bank, had been accused by Pakistan for carrying out a terrorist attack on Mall Road in Lahore on February 13, 2017, along with Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban.
He has also been accused of the 2014 attack on Army School in Peshawar.
Meanwhile, Duggivalasa was employed in a company which was working on capacity-building projects in Afghanistan. He was accused of a terror attack on Siraj Raisani, a Pakistani politician, on July 13, 2018, in Mastung, Balochistan.
Earlier, India said that Kashmir should be removed from the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) agenda.
Issuing a statement, India blasted Pakistan saying their delegation regularly brings up an outdated agenda item in the Council which for “all matter needs to be removed from the Council’s agenda permanently.”