India protests UN failure to blacklist Pakistan militant

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:10 AM

N. terrorism blacklist following an attack on an Indian air force base. New Delhi wants the U. N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against extremist groups to designate Masood Azhar (mah-SOOD AHZ-HAHR) as a terrorist.

India is protesting the blocking of its tender to have a Pakistani militant boss keep on the U. N. terrorism blacklist following an attack on an Indian air force base.

New Delhi wants the U. N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against extremist groups to designate Masood Azhar (mah-SOOD AHZ-HAHR) as a terrorist. He's boss of the Pakistan-based grouping Jaish-e-Mohammad (j-eye-EESH eh moh-hah-MAHD), which is already blacklisted.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup says the failure to designate Azhar is "incomprehensible" and demonstrates "a selective approach to combating terrorism."

He was speaking Friday on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington.

An Indian diplomat says China keep a "technical keep" on the designation. The diplomat wasn't authorized to comment on the issue and requested anonymity.

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