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The clock is ticking for Masood Azhar: India’s envoy to United Nations


United Nations: “The clock is ticking” for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar regardless of whether the UN is allowed to act against him or not, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin has warned.

“We will pursue Azhar,” he said on Saturday. “Be certain about it. The clock is ticking.” By blocking UN sanctions against him, China has repeatedly come to the aid of the terrorist, who masterminded the 2016 Pathankot Air Force base terror attack that killed seven Indians.

Asked about it at a news conference here, Akbaruddin declined to directly comment on it saying the matter was pending before a UN committee and it was, therefore, the UN equivalent of “sub judice”.

But he issued a direct warning to Azhar, who is living in Pakistan. Early last month, China blocked a proposal by Britain, France and the US to designate Azhar as an international terrorist and impose sanctions freezing his assets and ban international travel.

Beijing exercised what is called a “technical hold” in the Security Council mandated committee to act on Al Qaeda, Taliban and related organisations and terrorists. The hold will be in place till early November. Earlier this month,  China had named LeT and JeM as terror outfits.