United Nations adds Pakistani militant chief Masood Azhar to terror list

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As Chinese spokesman Geng noted that the matter needed to be settled within 1267 Committee, Beijing has remained averse to dealing with the issue in the UNSC, where proceedings are public as compared to the sanctions committee, which operates under secrecy.

China on Wednesday lifted its veto on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the United Nations, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said on Twitter.

March 28, 2019: The US, supported by France and the United Kingdom, directly moves a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group's chief.

Though China can exercise its veto as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed taking the issue to the United Nations body as it has to publicly explain its stand on Masood Azhar.

The JeM chief's name has been added to the list under the UNSC Resolution 1267.

China had on Tuesday said that "positive progress" had been made on listing Azhar.

Dr Mohammad Faisal these proposals were aimed at maligning Pakistan and the legitimate struggle of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmiri for the realization of the right to self-determination and were thus rejected by Pakistan, which had always maintained that resolution of any listing issue should be by consensus, through objective dialogue and consultations, within the 1267 Committee framework and most importantly without politicization. Second, the relevant consultations are going on within the committee and has achieved some progress. We believe in the joint efforts of all parties.

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Video on state television showed explosives, a generator, a drone and a large quantity of batteries inside the converted studio. Gunasekera said DNA tests should help establish whether Hashim's father was among those who perished at the safe house.

Jaish E Mohammad had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack, the deadliest on Indian security forces in the last 20 years.

The decision to blacklist Azhar came after Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week on the sidelines of a summit of the Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing.

Public and foreign policy expert Michael Kugelman also claimed the listing was a big win for New Delhi, adding, "This demonstrates how important Pakistan is to Beijing".

Both leaders also exchanged views on the situation in South Asia. China has exponentially expanded strategic, economic and defence partnerships with Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, he said.

He said in this case as well, Pakistan witnessed politically motivated attempts manifested through calculated leaks, particularly in the Indian media, about matters under discussion in the Committee, which were strictly confidential. "All this is done, but Modi ji's "Laal Aankh" answer remains:- "jhoola diplomacy in Gujarat, hug diplomacy in Delhi, and agenda-less visits to China, without the mention of Masood Azhar or Doklam", he said".

"All in all it's been a happy day, a good day for all this who would like to pursue the approach of zero tolerance for terrorism", he said. "We call on the global community to fairly and justly see Pakistan's endeavours and contributions in counter-terrorism and step up dialogue and cooperation with the country", he said.

Faisal asserted that the United Nations decision "will not impact the struggle of Kashmiris and Pakistan would continue to support them".