US Pushes for a Resolution to Ban JeM Chief Masood Azhar

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United States has moved a resolution along with Britain and France to banish Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on Wednesday.

Earlier, China had declared itself out of this agreement in a 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) proposal two weeks before.

The United Nations has forwarded a resolution to the 15-member council that would blacklist Azhar from trading in arms, cease his movements and chain his assets and properties.

Such step by UN comes in the wake of JeM militant group being responsible for the Pulwama attacks in Kashmir that took lives of 44 CRPF personnel on February 14.

The UN, Britain and France have unanimously consulted the Security Council’s Islamic State and Al Qaeda sanctions committee which are in tandem to blacklist Azhar.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said, “Time is required for comprehensive and thorough evaluation regarding the proposal.”

If the nations didn’t meet a required consensus, the UN moved resolution needs 9 votes in favour and no vetoes from China, Russia, United States, France or Britain for the passage.

 

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