India criticises UNSC for not sanctioning Masood Azhar

Activists carry placards of Masood Azhar during a protest against the attack on an air force base in Pathankot, in Mumbai on January 4. Photograph:( AFP )

WION United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States Oct 05, 2016, 07.53 PM (IST)

India today criticised the United Nations Security Council for being “unresponsive” with regard to sanctioning leaders of terrorist organisations.

This comes after China extended its “technical hold” on India’s efforts for a UN ban against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.

India’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told the UN general assembly that that it had become “ineffective” to meeting the challenges it is confronted with.

Akbaruddin was speaking in the general assembly debate on the report of the secretary general on the ‘Work of the Organisation’ here.

China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application.

Azhar’s placement in the 1267 sanctions list would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

"At best, the UN sanctions committee is now a body that can be described as an interesting and random mix of ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. This global governance architecture now calls for comprehensive reform," PTI reported the Indian envoy as saying.


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