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UN Security Council To Decide On Listing Of JeM Chief Masood Azhar As 'global Terrorist': Updates

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

The 1267 member committee of the UN Security Council is set to decide on Wednesday on the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global designated terrorist. India has been urging the UNSC members to list him under the UN Terror list.

The JeM, headed by the 50-year-old Azhar, carried out many terror strikes in India and was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri, and the latest suicide attack on CRPF in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 personnel.

As per reports, United States, United Nation and France are planning to move a fresh proposal at the UNSC to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

Reacting to the development, US Deputy Spokesperson of the state department Robert Palladino said, "We will continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the list is updated and that it’s accurate."

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"Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations," Robert Palladino told reporters at his daily news conference.

In the meantime, New Delhi's major concern at UNSC on Tuesday will be China which has so far thrice blocked Azhar's listing as the global terrorist since 2016. When asked about China's stand on the matter, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Monday that the matter can only be resolved through a 'responsible dialogues'.

"The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal," Palladino said in response to a question on previous successful attempts by China to block the UN designation of Azhar.

On Saturday, India said that all the UNSC members were aware of JeM camps and Azhar's presence in Pakistan and urged the nations on to designate him as a global terrorist. 

Once recognised under the United Nations terror list, Masood will face a global travel ban and assets freeze. The listing will also help India proving how Pakistan has been an epicentre for hatching terrorist plans.

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(With agency inputs)