Pakistan disappointed over non-listing of Khalid Khorasani by UN Sanction Committee

Pakistan disappointed over non-listing of Khalid Khorasani by UN Sanction Committee
In this screen grab taken from a video recording, Omar Khalid Khorasani, center, a top Pakistan Taliban commander, gives an interview in Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal region on June 2, 2011. (File photo: Handout via Reuters)
Updated 11 May 2018

Pakistan disappointed over non-listing of Khalid Khorasani by UN Sanction Committee

Pakistan disappointed over non-listing of Khalid Khorasani by UN Sanction Committee

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Thursday, expressed its disappointment over the failure of the United Nations Sanction Committee to list terrorist organization Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) leader Omar Khalid Khorasani, also known as Abdul Wali, deeming it a complete disregard of its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

During his weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said if JuA had been listed by the Sanctions Committee, its leader, who had the blood of hundreds of innocent Pakistanis on his hands, should also have been listed.
“This action demonstrates the double standards prevailing in the international fight against terrorism and also shows complete disregard of the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in this fight,” he added.
He said, “The listing of the JuA leader could not reach consensus due to the objection by a member, although the committee has not yet formally conveyed this development to us.”
Replying to a question, Dr. Faisal said the Foreign Secretary undertook a very comprehensive and successful visit to Dhaka in connection with the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting, where he met the OIC Secretary General, foreign ministers of member countries and other counterparts.
He said the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir continued to endure untold sufferings, and face gross and systematic violations of their human rights with use of pellet guns and extra-judicial killings by the occupation forces.
He reaffirmed that Pakistan remained in full solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir, calling upon the international community to play its rightful role in promoting a just and lasting solution to the dispute.
Regarding the recent controversy of Quaid-e-Azam’s picture in Ali Garh Muslim University, India, he said the Quaid’s picture had been displayed in the university since 1938. There were also reports of replacing of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s picture with that of Indian Prime Minister Modi in Khair Town Guest House, Aligarh, he added.
He said it was in sharp contrast with the tolerance in Pakistan where the pictures/statues of Gandhi continued to be displayed at the Islamabad Monument museum.
The growing intolerance, xenophobia and prejudice, especially against Muslims and Pakistan in India, he said, was very dangerous, most of all for India itself. It also reflected the fanaticism rampant in the Indian society being fueled by those in power, he added.
Replying to another question, he said the restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in the US would be implemented on May 11 and the same would be on a reciprocal basis. Negotiations were underway between the two sides, on the matter, he added.
Regarding Bangladesh’s proposal for India’s inclusion in the OIC, he said India’s inclusion as an observer state had never been on the OIC’s agenda. Any statement by the Bangladeshi foreign minister was given in individual capacity and did not reflect the principled stand of the OIC, he added.
The spokesperson said Pakistan’s relations with Russia or the US were not at the expense of each other. “Our engagement with Russia is expanding while our relationship with the US and NATO remains equally good.”