Pressing the global community to act against terror emanating from Pakistan, India has asked the UN Security Council to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the front organisation of the LeT, over the Mumbai attacks, prompting Islamabad to promise action if the world body proscribes the group as a terrorist outfit. "The Jamaat-ud-Dawa and other such organisations need to be proscribed internationally and effective sanctions imposed against them. Their country of origin needs to take urgent steps to stop their functioning," Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said while intervening in a debate on terrorism in UN Security Council on Tuesday. "A message must also go out that perpetrators of terrorist acts must be brought to book and not given sanctuaries in some states," he said. The minister asked Pakistan to act against terrorism emanating from its soil, failing which India will "do everything to protect its citizens." Close on the heels of Ahamed's hard-hitting remarks, Pakistan's Ambassador to UN, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, promised that Islamabad would proscribe JuD should the Council decide to put sanctions on it after declaring it a terrorist group. Besides, no training camps for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or any entity of this nature would be allowed on its territory, he affirmed. Significantly, China, a close ally of Pakistan, has in the past blocked three attempts to proscribe JuD in the Council, and now all eyes would be on what it does on the fresh move. The US, backed by UK and France, had twice tried to add JuD chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed to the list of individuals and organisations connected to terrorism last May, but the moves were blocked by China. A similar attempt in April 2006 was also blocked by Beijing. India would act to "safeguard and protect" its people from such heinous attacks, howsoever long or difficult task that may be, Ahamed said. But "we must do our duty by our people and take all actions as we deem fit to defend and protect them," he said, adding the Charter of the United Nations and provisions of international law, including the right of self-defence, give it the framework to fulfil these responsibilities. "Our people ask the international community to determinedly pursue and eliminate terrorist organisations. The world needs to act decisively and in a coordinated manner to prevent further attacks," the minister said. Ahamed said the nexus between State -- or elements within the State -- and terror outfits must be broken and groups or individuals that indoctrinate, organise, plan and finance terror have to be uprooted. He said the Mumbai attacks were conducted like a commando operation, indicating that the terrorists had received professional training. Ahamed said the Mumbai attacks were the first terrorist attack in India where foreigners were specifically segregated and targeted. Mumbai's case, Ahamed said, is clear. "The back-trail is marked and definite, but in cases where terrorists' acts are aided and abetted to cover their tracks, all of us separately and together must ensure that they are discovered and the terrorists are brought to justice." Nothing, no religious grievance, dispute or ideology, can be used as a raision d'etre, by anyone, to justify terrorism. "This is totally unacceptable," he said. Practical measures need to be immediately taken to see that the menace of terror is uprooted and the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that India tabled in 1996 needs to be adopted immediately to provide a framework of international law, he said.