United Nations : United States of America, United Kingdom and France has asked the UN Security Council to ban JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.
The three permanent veto-wielding members, US, UK and France forwarded their fresh proposal to the Security Council. The Security Council has 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.
The fresh proposal is the fourth such bid by the three members at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
In 2009, India moved a proposal to designate Azhar, whose UN-proscribed JeM claimed responsibility for the suicide attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama on February 14 in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.
In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.
It remains to be seen how China will vote on the proposal this time.
China a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves first by Indian and later by the US, the UK and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds.