UN move on Azhar gets Us backing

UN move on Azhar gets Us backing


Mounting up international pressure to name  Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, backed  by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group chief.

Two weeks after China blocked a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US has  circulated the draft resolution to the 15-nation Council to blacklist the leader of the Pakistan-based terror group and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and arms embargo.

According to UN sources this is the 'first time' the US, the UK and France had moved a draft resolution directly in the Security Council on Azhar. The previous have been listing proposals in the Sanctions Committee of the Council to designate Azhar.

Unlike a listing proposal, which is generally under a 10-day no objection period, the draft resolution is not under any no-objection provision.

Sources said the draft resolution would be discussed informally and then it would go to the Council. It is not yet decided by when a vote would be held on the draft resolution, during when it could again face a veto by China.

Sources said the draft resolution would condemn 'in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing' in  Pulwama district last moth that killed 40 police personnel.

An annex to the draft resolution says Azhar is associated with the Islamic State terror group, Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating” or “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material” or supporting acts of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).