Pathankot attack shows India continues to bear dangerous repercussions of not listing Masood Azhar: MEA

Expressing disappointment over blocking of India’s bid to ban JeM chief, Ministry of External Affairs on Friday issued a statement that Pathankot Attack has shown that we continue to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2016, 07:33 AM IST
Pathankot attack shows India continues to bear dangerous repercussions of not listing Masood Azhar: MEA
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New Delhi: Expressing disappointment over blocking of India’s bid to ban JeM chief, Ministry of External Affairs on Friday issued a statement that Pathankot Attack has shown that we continue to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar.

Addressing a press conference, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that it is incomprehensible that while Pakistan based JeM was listed in UNSC committee in 2001, designation of its main leader is on technical hold.

“Pathankot Attack has shown that India continues to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar,” he said.

"It needs no emphasis that the UNSCR 1267 regime is an important building block of the UN global counter terrorism strategy that should aim to protect all member states and their citizens from the activities of terror groups such as JeM and its leader Mohamad Masood Azhar."

"Its working methods, based on the principles of unanimity and anonymity, is leading the Committee to adopt a selective approach to combating terrorism. This does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism," the statement said.

Further, giving out details on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his United Kingdom counterpart David Cameron, Swarup said, “It was a warm meeting between both the PMs. PM Modi said ties with UK have become deeper.”

“PM Modi said that United Kingdom can become a major partner in the Make in India initiative especially in the defence sector. He also raised issue of tier 2 visas for ICT companies that skilled professionals should not find it tough to go to UK. To this Cameron promised to look into the matter,” he added.

(With Agency inputs)