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Pulwama Attack: US Calls Upon Pakistan to Not Block Moves to Brand Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

The development comes at a time when New Delhi is stepping up its efforts to brand JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Published: February 19, 2019 1:04 PM IST

By India.com News Desk

Pulwama Attack: US Calls Upon Pakistan to Not Block Moves to Brand Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

New Delhi: Days after 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, the United States has called upon Islamabad to not oppose moves to put JeM and its chief Masood Azhar on a United Nation’s list of global terrorists, WION quoted sources as saying.

The development comes at a time when New Delhi is stepping up its efforts to brand JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

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At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

Condemning the ghastly terror attack, the White House asked Pakistan to immediately end “support” and “safe haven” to all terror groups.

“The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.

While Beijing expressed deep “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack, it did not give an assurance to New Delhi that it will back the latter’s appeal to list the UN-proscribed Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Without directly referring to India’s persistent demand to declare Azhar as a global terrorist, Geng said JeM has already been included in the sanctions list of the UN committee but he was not forthcoming on why China is opposed to extend the ban on the leader of the group.

China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves first by India and later by the US, the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds.

If Azhar is listed as terrorist by the UN Security Council, he would face a global travel ban and assets freeze.

India also strongly reiterated its appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including JeM chief 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.

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