Islamabad, 24 June 2020 – Mudasser Chudhary:
Pakistan on Wednesday expressed “disappointment” over US blocking of a proposal by the UN Security Council’s sanction committee to proscribe an Indian national.
“We are disappointed that Pakistan’s proposal to designate Venumadhav Dongara as a terrorist has been objected to,” a Foreign Ministry statement said without naming the US.
Backed by longtime ally China, Pakistan had proposed the designation of four Indian nationals in 2019 under the UN 1267 Sanctions List, namely Venumadhav Dongara, Ajoy Mistry, Gobinda Patnaik, and Angara Appaji.
These individuals, according to the statement, were “financing, sponsoring and organizing terrorism inside Pakistan by providing financial, technical and material support to terrorist groups” including the Tehree-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and others.
Washington, however, had informed the five permanent UN Security Council (UNSC) members on Friday that it was officially blocking, and thus terminating, a proposal to proscribe an Indian national by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee, according to Indian media.
Islamabad, however, hoped the listing requests of the other three Indian nationals would be given due consideration by the committee in an objective and transparent manner.
“Taking advantage of the prolonged conflict in our neighborhood, India has fomented terrorism inside Pakistan by providing training, financial and material support to terrorist groups to kill innocent people in Pakistan,” the Foreign Ministry statement added.
“These Indian nationals are now residing in India with impunity which vindicates Pakistan’s position that India is a state-sponsor of terrorism,” it concluded.