Pak govt issues order to implement sanctions against Jaish chief Masood Azhar

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Context: In a development that pleased India and perplexed Pakistan, the People's Republic of China finally lifted "hold" on the request made by the USA, the UK and France on a revised resolution to include Masood Azhar in the Terror List before the United Nations Security Council ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (hereafter referred to as UNSC Resolution 1267) on May 1, 2019.

"The statement re-confirms Pakistan's longstanding concerns that this technical forum is being politicised by India against Pakistan", Pakistan Foreign Office said. The most recent attack was the 14 February Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel.

The BJP, political analysts and even the main opposition Congress party acknowledged that getting Azhar on the list, which places a travel ban and an asset freeze on him, was a big victory for India and its diplomacy.

The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda announced Wednesday the designation of Azhar, leader of JeM, over its ties to Al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile, a leading Hong Kong-based newspaper reported that China's decision to lift its hold was taken considering that Beijing would be isolated over issue.

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The spokesman said Islamabad rejected earlier proposals to list Azhar as terrorist as those efforts had a political agenda and aimed at maligning Pakistan.

"It's now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorised bodies of United Nations to take a decision on listing of Masood Azhar", the MEA was quoted as saying by ANI.

"Indian occupation forces continue to massacre Kashmiris, enjoying judicial immunity ... through draconian laws", a ministry statement said.

Claiming that Indian media reports were "misleading", Faisal said the decision by the UNSC was in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to not allow any terror group to operate in Pakistan.

The official, who insisted on speaking anonymously, said Britain and France joined the USA in putting pressure on China after the February 14 attack, and Beijing seems to have understood "that it is increasingly important that its actions on the worldwide stage on terrorism matched its rhetoric". "He has been proscribed under Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Act for some time, even before his case for listing was taken up by the United Nations committee", the FO spokesman said. 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. "The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee listing is governed by clear rules and is based on strict technical criteria. We expect all countries to uphold these obligations", Ortagus said.

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