New Delhi: Pakistan has reportedly said that it is open to the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council, as long as it was not related to the Pulwama terror attack. Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson made the remarks while speaking on a Pakistani TV show, Islamabad Views.
“(India should) give evidence that Masood Azhar had anything to do with the attack in Pulwama. If that is not the case, then we can discuss the listing. It is not a big issue,” a leading portal quoted Faisal as saying.
His statement comes days after the United Kingdom said it was optimistic that Azhar will soon be declared a global terrorist even as it called for “verifiable” and “irreversible” action against terror groups by Pakistan.
Asked about listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the British High Commissioner said, “We are waiting to see whether the country (China), which has been resisting it, will lift their hold. We remain optimistic of it happening.”
British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith, talking to reporters in Delhi, had also said that Britain was actively involved in bringing down tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack and subsequent developments.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that China may remove its hold on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist in the coming weeks. China had put a hold on the listing of Masood Azhar as an international terrorist on March 13 at the 1267 sanctions committee of the UNSC. Bejing has nine months still to decided and remove the hold after the March 13 decision.
JeM had claimed the responsibility for the 14th February Pulwama attack that killed more than 40 Indian security personnel. The US, along with UK and France had proposed for a listing of Masood Azhar as an international terrorist in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack.