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US Pushes Resolution Against JeM Chief Masood Azhar at UN, China Blocks Move

Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar. (File photo)

New Delhi: The US, UK and France moved a resolution in the UN to get Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist, but the move has been stymied by China, which opposed the ban against the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief.

The proposal came barely weeks after India’s efforts to get Azhar banned by the UN were blocked by China in December last.

PTI quoted senior government sources as saying that the US, supported by the UK and France, moved a proposal at the UN’s Sanctions Committee 1267 in the second-half of last month to proscribe Azhar.

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The proposal, which was finalised after “consultations” between Washington and New Delhi, said JeM is a designated terror outfit and so its leaders cannot go scot-free, PTI quoted sources as saying.

“However, China opposed the US move by putting a hold on the proposal,” a source said, adding the Chinese action came just before the expiry of the 10-day deadline for any proposal to be adopted or blocked or to be put on hold.

The “hold” remains for six months and can be further extended by three months. During this period, it can be anytime converted into a “block”, thereby, ending the life of the proposal.

UN Sanction Committee’s listing would have forced imposition of asset freeze and travel ban on Azhar by countries, including Pakistan.