New Delhi: In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, France on Tuesday has reportedly decided to move a proposal at the United Nations to put Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the global terrorist list. “At the UN, France will lead a proposal to put Masood Azhar on the terrorist list… It will happen in a couple of days,” a senior French source told news agency PTI.
The development came after a discussion between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday morning, as per reports. Reportedly, Etienne called Doval and asserted that both France and India should coordinate their diplomatic efforts.
In the backdrop of France’s move to ban Azhar, it must be noted that China has refused to back India’s request to list the JeM chief as a global terrorist by the United Nations.
In 2017, the US, supported by the UK and France, had moved a proposal at the UN’s Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban Masood Azhar. Back then too, the proposal was blocked by China.
Pakistan-based terror outfit, JeM, headed by Azhar, had claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRFP jawans on February 14 when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives laden vehicle into one of the buses of the CRPF convoy.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had called on China to list JeM chief Masood Azhar under the 1267 sanctions committee of United Nation security council (UNSC), just a day after the deadly terrorist attack.
“We strongly reiterate our appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM Chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by Pakistan,” the foreign ministry had said.
However, China while extending condolences, stated that it had dealt with the issue of Azhar in “an earnest, professional and responsible manner”.