The "sanctity and credibility" of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee have been preserved with the blacklisting of JeM chief Masood Azhar, Indonesia's envoy to the UN and Chair of the Committee Dian Triansyah Djani said.
The Indonesian Permanent Representative, who assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of May, thanked all members of the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee after the designation of Azhar as a global terrorist.
"I just would like to underline... it's not only the function of the Chair, but all members of the Committee that have been working very hard (on the issue of listing Azhar). But what is more important is not the role of the Chair but what is more important is that we have been able to preserve the sanctity and credibility of the Committee and we have been able to have the listing," Djani said during a press briefing at the UN headquarters on Wednesday.
"As I mentioned, we Indonesians are very humble. I'm just doing my function as the Chair trying to facilitate, to bring all parties together, of course, in line with the guidelines," he said.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin specifically thanked Djani in a video statement issued after Azhar's designation.
"I'd like to thank the Permanent Representative of Indonesia who was instrumental in ensuring that the process went smoothly and in accordance with our agreed understanding," Akbaruddin said.
At around 9 AM New York time (6:30 PM IST), Akbaruddin was informed by his Indonesian counterpart, who had just assumed the Presidency of the Council for May and Chair of the Sanctions Committee, that no objection had been raised from any country for listing Azhar, meaning China had lifted its hold imposed on the proposal on March 13.
Sources told PTI since the crucial UNSC press statement issued by all members including China had mentioned the Pulwama attack and noted JeM taking responsibility, the designating states - the US, the UK, France as well as India did not see it necessary to "re-litigate" the Pulwama attack in Azhar's listing.
It was not just one terror attack that led to the designation of Azhar and that China had been blocking attempts to ban Azhar much before the Pulwama attack, they said.
The Sanctions Committee said Azhar was listed as being associated with Al-Qaida for "participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of", "supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to", "recruiting for", "otherwise supporting acts or activities of", and "other acts or activities indicating association with" JeM.