NEW YORK - The three leaders of Jamaatud Dawa, whose names have been added by a UN Security Council committee to the list of people facing sanctions for ties to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, can file an appeal against the committee's decision, Pakistan's UN Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon said Saturday. "They have the right to defend themselves against the charges," Ambassador Haroon told a Press conference he held to emphasise that the Pakistan Mission was fully aware of the move in the council's Sanctions Committee on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban was tracking the case. But he said that the committee works in secret and does not hold open hearings. "Neither anyone can prevent the action nor is anyone invited or told about its proceedings and normally the first signal is the E-note informing any country to apply immediate sanction as directed or face the punishment of the council, the ambassador said, while countering the criticism in the Pakistani media about the performance of his mission. "Following up the situation, it seems that the situation was decided collectively and this should be an eye-opener for the future." Ambassador Haroon said that it was not an end of the road for the affected Dawa leaders. He said that they could appeal the committee's decision either directly or through the Government of Pakistan, keeping the Pakistan Mission in the loops. The mission, he added, would help in the process.