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France sanctions Azhar, says will try to get him banned by EU

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a strong show of support to India, on Friday imposed financial sanctions on Pakistan-based and said it will work with its European partners for putting the JeM chief's name on the EU list of persons and entities involved in terrorist acts.

The French announcement came two days after a bid, moved by it along with the US and the UK at the to designate the as a global terrorist, was blocked by which put a technical hold. was also a party to the proposal.

"A deadly attack took place in on February 14, 2019, claiming over 40 victims from the forces. The JeM, which the has deemed to be a terrorist organisation since 2001, has claimed responsibility for this attack," said a joint statement by the French ministries of the interior, economy and finance, and foreign affairs.

"has always been and always will be by India's side in the fight against terrorism," it said.

Reacting to the French decision, said, "We welcome the decision taken by to sanction Masood Azhar, of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based & UN proscribed terrorist organisation; and responsible for the terrorist attack."

The statement from the French ministries said the country has "decided to sanction at the national level by freezing his assets" in application of the Monetary and Financial Code.

A joint decree of the ministries of the interior, economy and was published on Friday in the Gazette, it said.

"We will raise this issue with our European partners with a view to including on the list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree," the statement added.

Later, the MEA said ?French had a telephonic conversation with and informed her about the action taken by France to sanction Azhar.

"France has sanctioned Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets. French also informed that France has raised this issue with the European Union," it said.

on Wednesday for a fourth time blocked the move for listing Azhar as a global terrorist.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's

The Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. Just before the deadline, put a "technical hold" on the proposal.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 00:20 IST