United Nations blacklists founder of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed

United Nations blacklists founder of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed

"Big, small, all join together".

The hold placed on the French proposal in March was the fourth time China had blocked Azhar's listing as a global terrorist by the UN. "Grateful to all for their support", India's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

A UNSC tag will subject Masood Azhar to assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. Sources said that the outcome of the meeting - whether UNSC permanent member China decides to lift its hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar, paving the way for the United Nations to slap sanctions against him - will be known Wednesday. China cited "technical reasons" for not supporting the ban. I think that is also the consensus of the overwhelming majority of the members of the [UN Security] Council.

In recent days, there had been indications that China is likely to come around and will lift its hold on the Azhar proposal.

Welcoming the UN's decision to declare Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist", India Wednesday called the development "a step in the right direction" and insisted that it will continue its efforts through worldwide forums to ensure that terror groups and their leaders are brought to justice. Second, the relevant consultations are going on within the committee and have achieved some progress.


Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, while talking to journalists at the US Embassy in Islamabad, said: "We would encourage the parties to move forward with the designation (of Azhar)".

A proposal to declare Azhar as an worldwide terrorist was taken by the UNSC Sanctions Committee 1267, almost three months after the JeM carried out a ghastly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Kashmir.

China had indicated on Tuesday that it would no more block the resolution, which was initially moved by India, as its Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the "relevant consultations" at the Sanctions Committee had made "some progress" and the issue would be "properly resolved".

The 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has detailed criteria for the listing procedures.

Keeping up the worldwide pressure to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, the USA, supported by France and the United Kingdom, moved a draft resolution directly in the UN Security Council to blacklist him.


The Modi government should now push for a declaration of bounty on Azhar's head as was ensured by the UPA in the case of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Congress said. A French official at the United Nations told PTI, "We commend this designation; we have been advocating for the sanctioning of Masood Azhar for many years".

The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda announced in a press release the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), over his ties to Al-Qaeda.

China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to ban Masood Azhar, despite Jaish claiming responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack.

"I would like to emphasise that Pakistan has made tremendous contributions to the fight against terrorism, which should be fully recognised by the worldwide community".


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