New Delhi: Days after China put on hold the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the UN Security Council (UNSC), discussions are on at the European Union to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief as a terrorist. Also Read - It's Becoming Difficult to Supply 'Necessary Items': Top Jaish Commander Tells Terrorists in Kashmir
Confirming the development, Germany embassy spokesperson Hans Christian Winkler in Delhi told WION, “There are discussions for the listing of Masood Azhar by European Union. Germany as part of EU member state is also taking part in the discussion” Also Read - Another Jaish Terrorist Arrested From J&K's Pulwama by Security Forces
On March 15, France announced it will be putting a freeze on the assets of Azhar and will raise the issue with European Union. Also Read - Nagrota Encounter: 4 Terrorists Were in Touch With Pakistani Handlers; Pak Envoy Summoned by MEA
A joint release by French Foreign, Interior and Finance ministry said, “We will raise this issue with our European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree.”
Barring China, all UNSC members had agreed to list Masood Azhar as a terrorist under the UN terror list. The proposal was moved by USA, France and UK and supported by 14 of the 15 UN Security Council Members. Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan co-sponsored the move.
China in 2009, 2016, 2017 put a hold on the listing of Masood Azhar. The hold this time continues for 9 months before which Beijing has to take a final decision on listing of Azhar.
Jaish e Mohammad is the United Nations listed Pakistan based terror group responsible for the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF Personnel on February 14.
(With inputs from Siddhant Sibbal, Zee Media)