United Nations: The United States, Britain and France proposed the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), for attacking Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama n February 14.
The US, UK and France have asked the 15-member UNSC sanctions committee to subject Maulana Masood Azhar to an arms embargo, global travel ban and asset freeze.
The 15-member Security Council sanctions committee which operates by consensus have time till March 13 to raise objections and take a stand on the proposal, stated a report.
The proposal is likely to be opposed by China, as the country’s UN mission did not immediately comment on the proposal. However, China endorsed India’s position on terrorism. In a veiled reference to Pakistan, China had said that “those committing, orchestrating, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice.”
The anti-Indian group which has ties with the al Qaeda was blacklisted in 2001 by the UN Security Council. In December 2001, the Jaish fighters, with the help of Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, targeted and attacked the Parliament of India which almost led to a fourth war.
On February 14, around 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into their convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. JeM, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The Pulwama attack had escalated tensions between India and Pakistan and the nuclear-armed neighbours had shot down each others’ fighter jets on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Wednesday said, “The United Nations message both publicly and privately to both sides is to urgently take steps to lower tensions through meaningful mutual engagement and meet the responsibilities to maintain peace and security in the region.”
(With Agency inputs)