Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

UN Declares Pakistan-Based JeM Chief Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

UN Declares Pakistan-Based JeM Chief Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist

China said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations will be "properly resolved" but it did not give any timeline, days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here.

China had indicated on Tuesday that it would no more block the resolution, which was initially moved by India, as its Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the "relevant consultations" at the Sanctions Committee had made "some progress" and the issue would be "properly resolved".

The proposal to blacklist Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee was moved by United States, the United Kingdom and France two weeks after the Pulwama bombing.

It defended its move saying it was only following procedure and needed more time to review the proposal.

Earlier, the proposal was being blocked by China, which lifted its "technical hold" on Wednesday.

April 30, 2019: China says "some progress" has been achieved on designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations and hopes that the vexed issue will be "properly resolved".

Both the countries are "Iron Brothers", he said, adding that "we firmly support each other on the issues concerning our core interests".

PM Modi hailed the decision as big step towards fighting terrorism.

There have been other signs that the issue of Azhar's listing has been inching towards a resolution.

"I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved", Geng told in Beijing. It was for the fourth time, China blocked Azhar's listing as a global terrorist by the UN.

In recent days, there had been indications that China is likely to come around and will lift its hold on the Azhar proposal.

China, which lifted its technical hold on listing JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations, said on Wednesday that it took the decision after it found no objection to the listing proposal by the USA, the UK and France following a careful study of the revised materials.

India had been pushing for the move for years given that Indian intelligence agencies had succeeded in finding direct links between Masood Azhar-headed Jaish and a series of attacks in India.

"Pakistan maintains that terrorism is a menace to the world.the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing is governed by clear rules and its decisions are taken through consensus.Pakistan has always advocated the need for respecting these technical rules and has opposed the politicisation of the committee", Faisal said.

"Second, the relevant consultations are now underway within the framework of the 1267 Committee, and positive progress has been made". Calling the decision by United Nations Security Council a "successful realisation" of Franch efforts, the statement said, "France remains mobilised at all levels and all fora to take effective measures against terrorism".

"That is the requirement.Pakistan is a responsible state and we will take appropriate action", he said. Beijing lifting its hold is a massive diplomatic win for India, which had relentlessly pursued the matter with its global allies.

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