Pak government not to oppose Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist at UN: Sources to WION

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Mar 04, 2019, 02.24 PM(IST)

File photo of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Photograph:( AFP )

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Last week, US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist. 

After reports emerged that Masood Azhar was still alive in Pakistan, sources have told WION that Pakistan government will not oppose listing of Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" at the UN.

Sources have told WION that the Pakistan government will act "decisively" against all non-state actors. Masood's Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) had taken responsibility for the Pulwama attack on February 14th in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Listing Masood as a global terrorist would mean a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo on the JeM chief.

Last week, US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist. The Security Council Sanctions Committee has 10 days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three permanent members. 

Reports say the proposal will be discussed at the UNSC on March 13th.

China has veted the proposal on Masood Azhar thrice earlier. Meanwhile, reports had indicated earlier that Masood was dead, however, it was denied by Pakistani officials.  Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had told a US news channel that the JeM chief was in the country and was "very unwell"

"He is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is unwell to the extent that he can't leave his house, because he's really unwell," Qureshi told the US news channel.

Earlier, a Pakistani media report had said a security official had hinted that Pakistan may withdraw its opposition to the listing of JeM chief as global terrorist by the UN Security Council.

In 2009, India had moved a proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist but it was vetoed by China. 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. On all occasions it was vetoed by China.