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UK, US and France ask UN Security Council to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

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Masood Azhar

The US, the UK and have moved a fresh proposal in the UN to designate Pakistan-based terror group as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and

The fresh proposal was moved Wednesday by the three permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-nation The will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.

The proposal is the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

In 2009, moved a proposal to designate Azhar, whose UN-proscribed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack against Indian security forces in on February 14 in which over 40 (CRPF) personnel were killed.

In 2016 again, moved the proposal with the P3 - the United States, the and in the UN's 1267 to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016.

In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions, China, a veto-wielding of the Security Council, blocked India's proposal from being adopted by the

It remains to be seen how will vote on the proposal this time.

China, a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves first by and later by the US, the UK and to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the 1267 Committee by putting technical holds.

France assumes the crucial rotating presidency of the in March.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks in when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in district.

India has strongly reiterated its appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including Azhar, as designated terrorists under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, and to ban terrorist organisations operating from territories controlled by

What happens after the UNSC ban?

  • Azhar will be subject to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo
  • The entails preventing the entry into or transit by all states through their territories by designated individuals
  • Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types

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First Published: Thu, February 28 2019. 08:35 IST