Masood Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group. Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi
Masood Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group. Photo: AFP / Aamir Qureshi

India has severely criticized the United Nations Security Council for its failure to impose a ban on the leader of a designated terrorist group.

Referring to China’s “technical hold” on India’s attempt to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar placed on a sanctions list, India’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the Security Council is stuck in its own time warp and politics.

China has twice vetoed India’s move to ban Azhar.

India has accused the Jaish-e-Mohammed of terror attacks on an air force base in Pathankot, Punjab early this year and on an army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir in September. The terror group is also linked to the attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001.

“While our collective conscience is ravaged every day by terrorists in some region or another, the Security Council gives itself nine months to consider whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities,” Akbaruddin said on Monday.

“The Security Council, stuck in its own time warp and politics, can only be described as working randomly on the basis of a mix of ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. Need one say more about the urgency of the need for reform of this relic which has long been unresponsive to the needs of our time,” he said.

He called for urgent Security Council reforms to properly respond to global issues like humanitarian situations and terrorist threats.

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