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Responding to media questions about leaks in the Indian media of a confidential UN Ombudsperson report regarding de-listing, the Spokesperson said that we have neither seen the report of the Ombudsperson nor its findings since it is a confidential document. We will respond to the report as and when it is made available to us.

The Spokesperson drew attention to the prescribed UN procedure for filing listing and de-listing requests by individuals and entities. Every listed individual or entity is legally entitled to submit de-listing requests directly with the UN Ombudsperson.

The Spokesperson added that such leaks are neither new nor surprising. They only reinforce longstanding concerns expressed by Pakistan about deliberate attempts to politicize the UN counter-terrorism sanction regime to advance self-serving political agendas. The Spokesperson expressed the hope that relevant UN Sanctions Committee will investigate such leaks and hold those responsible to account.


7 March, 2019

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