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United States steps up to blacklist Masood Azhar

March 29, 2019

Over the past many months, India has been requesting the United Nations (UN) to list Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Even though most countries favoured India's demand, China has been preventing this. Now, the United States, Britain and France are urging the UN Security Council to blacklist Azhar at the earliest. US drafted a circular with support from France and Britain against Azhar. A 15 member council wants Azhar to have a travel ban, freeze in his assets and deny possession of arms. Reacting to this, China said that US is complicating the issue and asked them to act cautiously. This hints that China is going to keep blocking move to mark Azhar as global terrorist

After the Pulwama attack on 14 February, India has requested UN to blacklist Azhar because Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attacks. India had support from US, France, Russia and Britain. But China intervened to stop the blacklisting. All these nations said that Jaish-e-Mohammed has ties with terror groups like Al-Qaeda which is a bigger threat to international peace and security.

This is awesome. US Secretary of State accuses China of Hypocrisy on Terror. Says, China is shielding islamic terrorists like Masood Azhar at UN while it makes proactive arrests of thousands of muslims at home-Chowkidhar Sridhar, Twitter User

Meanwhile, China said that they needed more time to conduct a thorough evaluation to why Azhar must be blacklisted. China was criticised by other nations for this move.

"In an unprecedented move, within a week of China's Veto on Masood. US, UK, France again circulates a New resolution at UN to blacklisted Azhar. Feels great that India has become a diplomatic superpower. Thank you @narendramodi, tweeted Vikas Raina.

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