UN blacklisting Masood Azhar a cosmetic victory, claims Owaisi

Hyderabad: A day after the UN designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi yesterday described the move as a cosmetic thing as there was no mention of Pathankot, Uri and other terror attacks in the UN listing.

He slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that he must have compromised over the issue and asked what agreement the country has made with China on the matter.

Speaking to reporters, Owaisi said as Pakistan-based terrorists still pose a great threat to India, the BJP need not claim to have achieved something great.

He further questioned whether Masood Azhar was not responsible for Pathankot, Uri, Pulwama, Parliament terror attacks as these were not in the UN listing. He asked, does terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed who was blacklisted in 2008 not hold public meetings in Pakistan. Saeed is treated as a VIP and his party contested election in Pakistan.

Asaduddin Owaisi

“Blacklisting really happened. But, you are claiming that it is our big victory. (It was) No such victory… What is the agreement the country has made with China on this issue… Whether it is about Tibet?… Why was this whole listing revised? In the first listing, it was mentioned, Uri was mentioned, Pulwama was mentioned, Pathankot was mentioned, attack on parliament was mentioned. Why did we compromise on this,” Owaisi asked.

The Hyderabad MP asked who paid the bail money for Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, another terror mastermind, as one cannot get money when sanctions are imposed.

India needs to do something concrete in order to ensure terror attacks like Pathankot do not occur again as Jaish-e-Mohammed members and Hafiz Saeed roam freely in Pakistan, he added.

He further alleged foreign powers to have played a double game as both India and Pakistan were told that it was their success.

The Indian government on the other hand played down absence of reference to Pulwama attack in the UN listing saying that it broadly covered all of Masood’s terrorist acts.

NT Bureau