Pakistan eyes Jaish chief Masood Azhar's assets, imposes ban on overseas travel

Indian protesters step on posters of Masood Azhar head of the group Jaish-e-Muhammad in February

Indian protesters step on posters of Masood Azhar head of the group Jaish-e-Muhammad in February

The sanctions committee accused Azhar of "participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities" carried out by the JeM.

Masood Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.

China removed its hold on the proposal, which was backed by France, UK, and the United States in the Security Council's 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee following a terror attack against Indian security forces on 14 February in Jammu and Kashmir by the Pakistan-based JeM's terror outfit. These three countries had also given an ultimatum to Beijing to either lift its technical hold at the 1267 Sanctions Committee or they would press their resolution at the UNSC.

Maidul Islam, a professor of political science at Kolkata's Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, said the listing, coming soon after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people, would help Modi keep the focus on national security in the remaining rounds of the seven-phase election. "We're going to enforce this decision forthwith", Faisal told reporters in the Islamabad, referring to the travel ban and asset freezes.

China, regarded by Pakistan as its most reliable friend, had repeatedly thwarted efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against Azhar, who founded JeM in 2000 after being released from an Indian prison in exchange for 155 hostages from a hijacked Indian Airlines plane.

"At the next FATF Plenary in June, Pakistan will be obligated to take action as per FATF procedures", said Kumar.

The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing was governed by clear rules and was based on strict technical criteria, the spokesperson said. "All decisions of the Committee are taken through consensus". The JeM issue has been on hold for a while, since China was reviewing Azhar's case, yet eventually stated it had no objections to such a designation.

China lifted its "temporary hold" on the proposal spearheaded by the French and backed by the United Kingdom and the US.

The spokesman said Pakistan maintained that terrorism was a menace to the world.

About 500,000 Indian security forces are stationed in Kashmir, tasked with battling various armed groups. "Huge diplomatic win by #Pakistan against #India - baseless, political references, linking #MasoodAzhar with the legitimate Kashmiri struggle for right to self-determination, removed", he wrote.

We submitted more evidence, they were convinced, a diplomatic source replied to WION, when asked why China change its stance on Masood Azhar, after blocking it for 10 years., Asked about no mention of Pulwama in the notification on the listing of Azhar, the source said, "Link to Pulwama in the whole process is obvious".

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