After Veto By China, US Takes Initiative to Blacklist Masood Azhar - TNBC USA

Britain, France, the United States raised a push for the United Nations Security Council for blacklisting the director of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed on Wednesday after China impeded an earlier move two weeks ago.

The United States issued a resolution – documented with French and British support – to the 15 member council which would appoint JEM leader Masood Azhar, exposing him to an arms prohibition along with travel ban and asset freezing as per the opinion of the diplomats.

JEM has claimed responsibility for an attack on 14th February in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama which killed at least 40 CRPF personnel, making it the deadliest attack in Kashmir since a 30-year long military revolt.

Britain, France and the United States initially questioned the Security Council’s  ISIS and Al Qaeda approvals committee, which controls by concurrence for blacklisting Azhar. However, China blocked the move.

Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Lu Kang told that China had overseen a “ comprehensive and thorough evaluation” but still required more time to ponder the proposal. China had formerly impeded the committee from approving Azhar in 2016 and 2017.

Instead of concurrence, a settlement only requires nine votes in favor and no application of vetoes by Russia, China, and the United States, Britain and France for passing. It was not urgently clear while documentation of resolution Azhar could be applied to a poll.

The Chinese undertaking to the United Nations did not urgently respond to an appeal for comment on the documented text.JEM was blacklisted in 2001 by the UN security council. In December 2001, Jaish disciples attacked Indian parliament joining hands with Lashkar-e-Taiba, which almost led triggered a fourth war between the two countries

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