As India has been intensifying its diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan in the international arena and seeking support against its war on terror groups, in a significant move, the US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
Such a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo. The fresh proposal was moved yesterday by the three-permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council. The Security Council Sanctions Committee 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.
It may be recalled that since has been making efforts for such a resolution since a decade, China, a close ally of Pakistan, has consistently blocked moves. First India moved such a proposal way back in 2009. Now, India intensified its efforts after recent Azha-led, whose UN-proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (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 2016 again, India moved the proposal with the P3 – the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee 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 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.