BREAKING: JeM Chief Masood Azhar designated as global terrorist in UNSC with Pakistan China consent
UNITED NATIONS – The chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad, Masood Azhar was declared global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.
The development came as China lifted its hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar who is now in UN Sanctions list. The tag will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.
Just a day earlier, Beijing had said that the vexed issue of designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the U.N. will be “properly resolved”. India had been trying to list Azhar as a global terrorist from last ten years, however, China was blocking the bid.
In March, China had put a technical hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar after France moved a resolution. Beijing had said it needed more time to “study” the matter but added that it was “sincere” about cementing ties with India.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Faisal said Masood Azhar had been proscribed under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism act for some time even before his case for listing was taken up by the sanctions committee.