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Pakistan seeks UN probe into disclosure of Saeed’s info to Indian news agency

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New Delhi, Mar 17:  Irked over disclosure of information regarding the UN’s rejection of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed’s plea for removal of his name from the list of “global terrorists” earlier this month, Pakistan has written to the global body urging the setting up of an enquiry to find out how India’s news agency, Press Trust of India (PTI), got the information.

This is one of the rare occasions when a country has written to the United Nations seeking a probe into publishing of happenings at the world body.

“In a letter to the UN last week, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi urged the setting up of an enquiry to find out which of the 15 members of the Committee had provided the information to India’s ‘official news agency’ about the UN’s rejection of Hafiz Saeed’s plea for removal of his name from the list of global terrorists earlier this month,” a government source said here.

Though she erroneously described the Press Trust of India as ‘official news agency’, Lodhi, a former journalist, attached news clippings carrying PTI stories.

PTI is a private, not-for-profit news cooperative, collectively owned by dozens of newspapers.

On March -7, Press Trust India broke the story about the UN rejecting an appeal by Hafiz Saeed to remove his name from a list of “banned terrorists”. The UN decision had come after India provided detailed evidence, including “highly confidential information”, related to the JuD leader’s activities, sources had told PTI.

The continuation of the UN ban against Saeed come amidst China blocking another bid, made by France, the UK, the US  and Russia, at the global body to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

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