Pakistan blocks UN team from interviewing JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

File photo of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 07, 2019, 07.56 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Despite Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's request to remove his name, the United Nations has continued the listing of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind as an international terrorist.

But what stands out is that Islamabad is blocking UN officials to visit Pakistan to "interview" Saeed regarding the delisting process.

Excerpts were seen by WION in a UN document on his delisting process clearly mentions UN ombudsman holding Pakistan responsible for blocking visa. 

The UN Ombudsman said, "On October 11, I was informed by a representative from the permanent mission of Pakistan to the UN that no visa would be issued for the planned travel to Pakistan".

For delisting Saeed, he has to be personally interviewed by UN ombudsman for which they wanted to travel to Pakistan.

The UN official had to settle for a video interview with JuD chief. Saeed was informed about the UN decision on March 6.

A government source told WION, "The first attempt at re-engineering was rejected by the international community."

Asked about Pakistan blocking the visit of UN officials, the source with a bit of sarcasm said," It is Imran Khan's Naya Pakistan after all.''

It is important to note Pakistan did not oppose the appeal of Hafiz Saeed to remove him from the UN terror list.

Hafiz Saeed chief of Pakistan based terror group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat (FiF) was banned on December 10, 2008, after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

The development comes days before March 13, which is a deadline to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist by the United Nations. 

France, UK, US have proposed the listing of Azhar as an international terrorist and if no country raises an issue, he will be blocked around 3 pm by New York time.

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The UN Ombudsman said, 'On October 11, I was informed by a representative from the permanent mission of Pakistan to the UN that no visa would be issued for the planned travel to Pakistan.'