President Says Listing Of Masood As A Global Terrorist In The UN Proof That World Stands With Us On Terrorism

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New Delhi: In his presidential address to the joint session of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations is proof that the world stands with India on issue of terrorism.

“Today the whole world stands with India on the issue of terrorism. Designation of Masood Azhar, responsible for dastardly terrorist attacks on our soil, as a global terrorist by United Nations, is a major testimony to this fact,” said President Kovind.

In his address, President Kovind said the people of India have given a “clear mandate” in the Lok Sabha elections to accelerate the country’s development journey that started in 2014 to build a New India. He said the Narendra Modi government is moving ahead to create a strong, secure and inclusive India.

President Kovind said the New India will be sensitive and also, economically prosperous but for this to happen, nation’s security is of utmost importance. “My Government accords top most priority to national security. Therefore, effective steps are being taken to tackle Terrorism and Naxalism,” he said.

“India has amply demonstrated both her intent and capabilities, first through surgical strikes and then through air strikes after the Pulwama attack at terrorist hideouts across the border. In future too, all possible steps will be taken to ensure our security,” he said.

Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based JeM, was designated a global terrorist by the UN in May this year after China withdrew its long-standing block to the move, marking a major diplomatic and political victory in the Indian government’s efforts to counter cross-border terrorism.

Azhar was listed by the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee for his association with al-Qaeda and his role in financing, planning and facilitating terrorist acts by the Jaish. The terror tag meant that Pakistan is required to take three steps – freeze the funds and financial assets of Azhar, enforce a travel ban on him, and cut off his access to arms and related materials.

 

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