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US circulates Draft Resolution at UNSC to blacklist JeM Chief Masood Azhar

United States of America on March 27, 2019 circulated a draft resolution at the US Security Council (UNSC) to blacklist the head of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Masood Azhar.

Azhar is associated with terrorism for “taking part in the funding, planning, facilitating, getting ready, or perpetrating of works or activities completed by JeM”.

The resolution suggests that Azhar will be put into the UN Al-Qaeda and Islamic Express Sanctions blacklist. It could lead to global travel ban, a property freeze and a weapon ban for Azhar.

The Resolution is supported by France and UK.

The resolution condemns Pulwama terror attack

The draft resolution condemns the Pulwama terror act wherein a suicide bomber wiped out an Indian military convoy on Feb 14, 2019 of over 40 CRPF employees in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama region.

The duty of the harm was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which is led by Masood Azhar.

Following the Pulwama terror harm, India launched a significant diplomatic action against Pakistan, retaining briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including five permanent UNSC bodies – the united states, China, Russia, the united kingdom and France, to focus on Pakistan’s role in using terrorism as an instrument.

4th proposal to specify Masood Azhar as “global terrorist”

– So far, there were four attempts via a UN sanctions committee to list Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ and add him to the blacklist. China put hold three earlier demands and put a specialized hold on the latest one initially of March 2019.

– The 4th proposal was shifted by P3 countries (France, UK and USA) on Feb 27, 2019 to the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council in wake of Pulwama terror assault by Pakistan-based terror group JeM that wiped out over 40 CRPF Jawans in India.

– The associates of the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee received a period limit of 10 business days to improve any objections to the proposal.

– When there is no objection to the proposal by the finish of the no-objection period, he decission is regarded as to be followed.

– The no-objection period deadline was slated to get rid of on March 14, 2019 (Indian Time). However, right before the deadline, China obstructed the proposal with a ‘complex keep’ and requested “additional time to look at” the proposal.

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