UN declared Masood Azhar as “global terrorist”, welcomed by France

RNS: The United Nations Security Council has designated Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. He was named a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee on Wednesday after China lifted its hold on a proposal in this regard by the United States, United Kingdom and France.

Confirming the UN decision on Masood Azhar, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, tweeted: “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in UN Sanctions list.”

“Welcoming the United Nations’ move to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”, France said it “signals the successful realisation” of its efforts. France along with the UK and the US had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February, just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir.

We welcome the designation today, by the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee, of Masood Azhar on the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List,” according to a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs of France.For many years, French diplomacy has been relentlessly pleading for sanctioning Azhar, “head of the terrorist group responsible, notably, for the Pulwama attack”, it said.

France had adopted national sanctions against Azhar on March 15.The UNSC’s decision “signals the successful realisation of our efforts”, it said.“France remains mobilised at all levels and all fora to take effective measures against terrorism,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, a French official at UN told, “We commend this designation; we have been advocating for the sanctioning of Masood Azhar for many years. This an outcome of these efforts. We will remain committed to the fight against terrorism at all levels, at the UN and in other organisations.”

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