US moves UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar, China opposes
Masood Azhar is responsible for a string of terrorist attacks in India. Photograph: (AFP)
The US has moved the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar but China has opposed the move, PTI reports.
India's repeated attempts to get him declared a UN-designated terrorist have been blocked by China.
Masood Azhar, who heads the terrorist organistaion Jaish-e-Mohammed, is allegedly the mastermind of the attack on the Pathankot airbase in India last year. Masood's Jaish-e-Mohammed is also linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
In October 2016, China had blocked India's appeal to the United Nations to label Masood a terrorist. This time, in a first, the US administration headed by President Trump has moved the United Nations to declare Masood a terrorist.
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency's(NIA) special court in India today issued proclamation order against JeM's chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others, news agencies reported.
PTI quoting senior government sources said, the US, supported by two other permanent members of UN Security Council - the UK and France - moved a proposal at the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 in the second-half of the last month to proscribe Azhar, adding India had no role in the proposal.
The proposal, which was finalised after "consultations" between Washington and New Delhi, said JeM is a designated terror outfit and so its leaders cannot go scot-free, sources told PTI. It was submitted just a day before the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, according to officials.
We've been informed of this development.Taken up matter with Chinese Govt-V Swarup on China blocking US' move at UN for banning Masood Azhar pic.twitter.com/QSbta679ZR— ANI (@ANI_news) February 7, 2017
(WION with inputs from PTI)