Indian envoy to UN slams Pakistan, China over Hafiz Saeed

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Syed Akbaruddin said the UN Sanctions Committees were failing to make progress due to narrow political and strategic concerns of few states. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New York, NY, United States Dec 21, 2017, 07.43 AM (IST)

In an indirect but obvious reference at Pakistan and China, India has criticised the two countries for supporting "world-recognised terrorists".

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Syed Akbaruddin said the UN Sanctions Committees were failing to make progress due to narrow political and strategic concerns of few states, while others were supporting terrorists.

"Where Sanctions Committees have designated terrorists, there are states who venture to mainstream UN-designated terrorist individuals into their political process, in total disregard of international law, thus putting our common security in peril," he said.

The Indian envoy was referring to United Nations-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest after a Pakistani court cited lack of evidence and was being allowed to run for office in Pakistan in 2018.

The Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who is wanted by India for his role in masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 166 lives, recently announced he would contest the general elections in Pakistan in 2018 under the banner of the Milli Muslim League.

In a reference to China, considered an ally of Pakistan, India's Permanent Representative to the UNSC criticised the country for failing to make "concrete progress" on the issue of the "designation of of terrorist individuals and entities."

"It is noticed that on an issue as serious as designation of terrorist individuals and entities, the Council-mandated Sanctions Committees fail to make concrete progress and fall victim to narrow political and strategic concerns in some cases," Akbaruddin said.

China has repeatedly blocked the move by India and other countries like the US, France and Germany to declare Masood Azhar, the chief of the terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a global terrorist.
 

(With inputs from ANI)