UNSC to declare Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief Maulana Masood Azhar was to be designated as a 'global terrorist'

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the United Kingdom and the USA on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

It was under the no-objection period and Committee members had a period of 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his tweet slamming "NoMo's China diplomacy", asking why he was in a "celebratory mood" when India is hurt with China for stalling another attempt to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

This is the first official statement from China after it blocked a United Nations proposal to list the Jaish founder as a terrorist.

China, which is one of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council, blocked India's efforts in the past to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying there is not enough evidence against him.

When was the proposal moved?

If accepted, the sanctions will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.




In a note sent to the council, China said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Azhar, diplomats said. However, hours before the deadline expires for any member at UNSC, India has reached out to key players in order to mobilise support.

India also handed over to Pakistan a dossier on "specific details" of involvement of the JeM in the Pulwama terror attack. The unwavering Chinese stand in Pakistan's favour comes in the backdrop of U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs David Hale and India's foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale holding foreign office consultations on Tuesday. China adopted responsible attitudes, follows rules and procedures of this committee and takes part in these discussions in a responsible manner, China had also said.

According to the State Department, Pompeo reiterated that the U.S. would stand with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism. The nuclear-armed neighbors both said they had shot down each other's fighter jets late last month.

China recorded its "technical hold" with the "1267 sanctions committee" that aims to impose strictures against individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Asked to clarify whether the issue has been listed for discussion for March 13 and China is in talks with all the parties concerned, Lu said, "First I want to clarify that I don't recall saying anything about the deadline about the UNSC committee and other United Nations subsidiary bodies".

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