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US, UK, France move UNSC to ban JeM chief Masood, All eyes on China

The Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed recently claimed the responsibility of appalling Pulwama terror attack, killing nearly 45 CRPF soldiers. Taking full responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, the JeM chief Masood Azhar is allowed to move freely in Pakistan by its government and also released a video and photos shortly after the terror attack.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 28 Feb 2019 5:10 AM GMT

China again blocks Indias bid to list JeM chief as a global terrorist by UN
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United Nations: Supporting India's demand to ban Pakistan based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed and designate its chief, Masood Azhar, a global terrorist, a fresh proposal has been submitted by the US, UK and France at the United Nations Security Council( UNSC). If the proposal is passed, JeM and its chief, Masood Azhar will be designated as 'UN-designated global terrorist', which in turn would impose on him a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

The fresh proposal was moved, on Wednesday, by the three permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council. Russia is also likely to support the ban because Moscow has enjoined the ban on Masood Azhar in the past also. The ball, however, is in the China's court, as it has repeatedly blocked similar proposals in the past too.

In 2017, US, UK and France had moved a similar proposal at the UNSC, which on all occasions was repeatedly blocked by the China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC.

The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.

The Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed recently claimed the responsibility of appalling Pulwama terror attack, killing nearly 45 CRPF soldiers. Taking full responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, the JeM chief Masood Azhar is allowed to move freely in Pakistan by its government and also released a video and photos shortly after the terror attack.

On February 21, however, China had to sign off on the UNSC press statement that "condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility".

The Masood Azhar-led JeM has carried out a series of terror strikes in India - The 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, the 2016 Pathankot terror attack, the 2016 Uri terror attack, and 2019 Pulwama terror attack are among the many terror attacks by this group.

Saima Siddiqui

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