UN Designates Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist As China Lifts Restrictions

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A spokesperson of Pakistan said,”Prime Minister Imran Khan has clearly stated that there is no space for any proscribed organisation or its affiliates to operate from Pakistani territory.”

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NEW DELHI — The United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him.

In a tweet, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, big and small nations all join together for this and India is grateful to all for their support. A “global terrorist” designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.

In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar. In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 – the United States, the United Kingdom, and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016, reports AIR News.

In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.

Hours after the UN move, the Pakistani media quoted the country’s foreign office as saying that it will “immediately enforce UN sanctions” imposed on Azhar.

Welcoming the move, France said that it remains mobilised at all levels to take effective measures against terrorism. “For many years now, French diplomacy has been relentlessly pleading for sanctioning Azhar, head of the terrorist group responsible, notably, for the Pulwama attack last February. In application of its Monetary and Financial Code, France had adopted national sanctions against Masood Azhar on 15th March. This decision taken at the United Nations Security Council signals the successful realisation of our efforts,” the co-sponsor of the proposal said in a statement. The United States also welcomed the move.

A spokesperson of Pakistan, however, reportedly said that Indian media’s “victory” narrative is “absolutely false and baseless”. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has clearly stated that there is no space for any proscribed organisation or its affiliates to operate from Pakistani territory,” he said.

(With media inputs)

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