Hopeful that all EU member states will back listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as terrorist: Germany

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2019, 12.31 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of Masood Azhar. Photograph:( AFP )

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A text has been circulated among the member states of the EU on the listing of the chief of Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Germany is hopeful that all European Union member states will back the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist under in its territory. 

A text has been circulated among the member states of the EU on the listing of the chief of Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Speaking to WION, the spokesperson of the German embassy Hans Christian Winkler said, "Important thing is that all 27 (28 with UK) members countries have to accept the text. European security and foreign policy working on unanimity. This can take a certain time. Germany is on board, we have to bring everyone too and we are hopeful on that."

Germany is one of the countries that has circulated the text on designating Masood Azhar as a terrorist by Brussels.

In early March, France had announced it will be putting a freeze on the assets of Azhar and will raise the issue with EU.
 
A joint release by French Foreign, Interior and Finance ministry said, "We will raise this issue with our European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree."

The development comes after China blocked the listing of Azhar as a terrorist under the United Nations. In the past, China has blocked the listing of Azhar three times--2009, 2016 and 2017.

JeM is the group responsible for the Pulwama terror attack on March 14 that killed more than 40 CRPF Personnel.