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US urges China to not block Masood listing

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The has urged to not block Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist at the Security Council meeting to be held today over Azhar's designation.

At the behest of Pakistan, has previously stonewalled efforts to designate the Pakistan-based terror outfit's as a global terrorist at the UNSC by putting technical holds.

Following the ghastly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the JeM, three of the five permanent members of the - the US, the UK and - have initiated renewed efforts to get proscribed. China, on the other hand, has not outrightly supported the move until now.

"..., I would say that the and share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace and that a failure to designate would run counter to this goal," Robert Palladino, the US Department of State's Deputy stated on Tuesday (local time).

"JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. is the founder and the of JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace," Palladino said at a

40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14 when a JeM terrorist targetted their convoy.

Tensions have been high between and ever since, with undertaking an anti-terror strike on a major JeM camp in Pakistan's Balakot in the aftermath.

The international community has supported India's fight against terror, with the bluntly telling to stop providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terror outfits following the attack.

Pakistan's military spokesperson, Asif Ghafoor, on the other hand, has denied the presence of JeM in their country - a claim which has been widely ridiculed.

"It is regrettable continues to deny JeM involvement in Pulwama attack. Is Pakistan defending Jaish and being its Till today Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish. Terrorist camps in Pakistan are in the public domain...All members of UNSC are aware of JeM camps in Pakistan and the presence of in the country. We request all UNSC members to designate under the UNSC sanction list. We have been repeatedly demanding Pakistan to take action against terror camps in their territory and area under its control," had earlier said while slamming Pakistan.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 09:48 IST