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US steps up push to blacklist JeM leader Masood Azhar

India is getting global support in fight against terrorism & especially after Pulwama attack. The United States, Britain and France stepped up a push for the United Nations Security Council to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on Wednesday.

Two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US circulated the draft resolution to 15-nation Council to blacklist the leader of the Pakistan-based terror group and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo…this draft resolution is not under any no-objection provision, unlike a listing proposal, which is generally under a 10- day no objection period… the draft resolution is likely to be discussed informally and then it goes to the Council…
the voting day is yet to be decided.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an apparent reference to China blocking the proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council. He tweeted saying …

“The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN.”

MASOOD AZHAR: US MOVES DRAFT RESOLUTION

A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.

An assets freeze requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities.

The travel ban entails preventing the entry into or transit by all states through their territories by designated individuals.

Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts and technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.

The February proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

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