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China to lift hold on blacklisting Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'

China to lift hold on blacklisting Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'

The trio of Masood Azhar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Omar Sheikh were handed over to the Taliban in Afghanistan's Kandahar where the five hijackers had forced the plane's pilot to land. Islamabad has denied any involvement in the suicide bombing, one of the deadliest attacks on Indian security forces. China blocked it by putting a "technical hold" on the application.

The United States, Britain and France had initially asked the U.N. Security Council's Islamic State and al Qaeda sanctions committee to subject the JeM founder to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze in February.

1267 Committee listed Maulana Masood Azhar today.

JeM carried out an attack in Kashmir on February 14 that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police, making it the deadliest in the disputed region during a 30-year-long insurgency. He also thanked the nations who stood by India in its battle against terrorism. Pakistan also offered complete investigation into the Pulwama incident and forwarded a questioner to New Delhi in response to the latter's dossier. However, the latest block resulted in global criticism of China for providing an escape route to Azhar, especially after Beijing signed off on a UN Security Council statement condemning the Pulwama attack that named JeM.

Sources said the US, UK and France had been working hard to step up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council. Many foreign nationals had died in the attack. The statement said that China will continue to firmly support Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorist forces. "This decision taken at the United Nations Security Council signals the successful realization of our efforts".

"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.




The listing of Azhar means that travel and an arms embargo will be imposed on him which means he cannot travel outside Pakistan nor can he buy weapons. Any decision to add individuals or groups to the United Nations terror list is taken by consensus in the committee. With several efforts being put in, they have paid. "The goal was set out 10 years ago". "Masood Azhar a global terrorist!" her tweet screamed. It was a lone proposer back then. The proposal was moved the U.S., the UK, France and co-sponsored by Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan. But the move was was blocked by China. Slammed in 2008, 2016, 2017 and 2019, the "technical hold" by China against Masood Azhar's listing as a UN-designated terrorist is no more in place.

Masood Azhar has blood on his hands. The proposal was moved US, UK, France and co-sponsored by Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and Japan.

Before responding to questions on Azhar at the news briefing, Geng answered in some detail about the close ties between China and Pakistan in the backdrop of Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent visit to Beijing to attend the second Belt and Road Forum.

Currently, a text has been circulated among all members of the European Union for listing of Azhar as a terrorist under EU jurisdiction.

There was no formal response from the external affairs ministry to the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson's remarks.

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