Pakistan-based terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba are UN Security Council proscribed entities that need to be called out and condemned in the strongest possible terms, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.
Addressing the media at the UN Security Council stakeout at the UN on Monday, Shringla underlined that the council resolution on Afghanistan, adopted under India’s presidency, refers to individuals and entities designated by the world organisation.
Meanwhile in view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently directed that a high-level group comprising the external affairs minister, national security adviser and senior officials focus on the immediate priorities of India.
This group has been meeting regularly over the last few days, ET has learnt. It is seized of issues pertaining to the safe return of stranded Indians, the travel of Afghan nationals (especially minorities) to India, and assuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used in any manner for terrorism directed against India. The group has also been monitoring the ground situation in Afghanistan and international reactions, including the resolution passed on Monday morning by the UN Security Council.
Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba as well as the Haqqani Network are proscribed terror entities under UNSC resolution 1267 (1999) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaeda, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.
JeM founder Masood Azhar and LeT leader Hafiz Saeed are also listed as global terrorists under the 1267 Sanctions regime.