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01/05/2019 6:56 PM IST | Updated 01/05/2019 7:45 PM IST

JeM Chief Masood Azhar Designated As Global Terrorist By UN

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the US.

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United Nations Security Council on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. 

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the US in the Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February just days after the Pulwama attack.

India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, tweeted:

Akbaruddin also said this “is a significant outcome, we have been at it for several years, today the goal stands achieved”.

China had said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN will be “properly resolved”.

Beijing had put a hold in March on a fresh proposal by the US, UK and France to impose a ban on the chief of the JeM, which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

In 2009, India had 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. 

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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.

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

An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee 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 material of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.

(With PTI inputs)