Not opposed to Masood Azhar’s banning: Saudi FM

NEW DELHI: Any terrorist or anyone who supports and finances terrorism must be proscribed by the United Nations, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said on Wednesday, rejecting suggestions that Riyadh was opposed to India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the global body.

He also said the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia joint statement during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to Islamabad on Monday calling for avoiding “politicisation” of the UN listing regime was not at all directed at India’s efforts to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

UN-proscribed JeM has claimed responsibility of the terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“Any person who is a terrorist should be designated. The idea was to ensure that there is no politicisation so that people do not pit somebody who is a political opponent and put his name as a terrorist,” he SAID in an interview.