Dec 10, 2008

India - India wants Lashkar front declared terror outfit

UNITED NATIONS: Taking a tough posture in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India on Tuesday urged the U.N. Security Council to declare Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), as a terrorist outfit.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is the public name of LeT, which was banned in 2002. India and the U.S. have said that the LeT and its leaders were involved in the attacks.

During the course of a debate on terrorism at the Security Council, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed also asserted that the country from where the terrorist attack originated and was planned should take immediate steps to stop their operations.

Call for sanctions

“The Jamaat-ud-Dawa and other such organisations need to be proscribed internationally and effective sanctions imposed against them,” Mr. Ahamed told the 15-member Security Council, which held a debate on ‘Threats to international peace and security cause by terrorists.” – IANS

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