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U.S moves to blacklist terrorist Masood Azhar

April 4, 2019

The United States government has said it will use all available resources to make sure that Masood Azhar, founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group is held accountable. This is after China claimed that "positive progress has been made in resolving the issue of listing Azhar as a global terrorist. China also accused the US of complicating the matter by taking the matter directly to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

"After the application for designation of Azhar was proposed (in the 1267 committee), China is in close communication and coordination with various parties and made positive progress", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, adding that the US knows that very well."

The United States has responded by saying:

While we strongly prefer that UNSC designations take place through the committee process, the United States and its allies and partners, including those on the UN Security Council, will utilize all available avenues to ensure that the founder and leader of the UN-designated terrorist organization JeM is held accountable by the international community. - United States State Department

The U.S also said that it had "circulated a draft UNSC resolution with UK and French support.

The United States, France and the United Kingdom moved a draft resolution at the UNSC last week after they were angered by China's unwillingness to agree to the designation of global terrorist for Azhar. The move to list Azhar was made after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.

China has so far put a hold on four proposals to list Azhar a 'global terrorist' to support Pakistan's claim that the terrorist label only be applied provided India carries out a military de-escalation on the border and resumes bilateral dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues including Kashmir.



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